Ancient stone tools and bones have been discovered in CHINA that suggest early humans may have left Africa and arrived in Asia much earlier than thought. The artifacts appear to suggest that early humans settled in East Asia over 2 mya. The artifacts were discovered in the southern Chinese Loess Plateau.
The oldest dates to 2.12 myr making them 270,000 years older than the 1.85 million year old skeletal remains and stone tools found at Dmanisi, Georgia. Until this most recent discovery the artifacts found at Dmanisi were believed to be the oldest evidence for humanity outside of Africa. The stone tools show evidence of having been used and most are made from quartzite and quartz. Finding the stone tools and animal bones shows that early human ancestors dwelt in the area of the Chinese Loess Plateau. At that time the climate of this region was very different from what it is today.
If you subscribe to the OOA theory then, yes, this discovery means early humans migrated out of Africa earlier than thought. But, it you subscribe to the Multiregional Theory then this discovery suggests early humans not only lived in Africa but also in Asia (China) where they evolved on their own independent from those in Africa.
Whatever the case I’m glad to see the recent discoveries of more and more evidence for early humans in China and SE Asia where the climate is NOT conducive to fossil preservation, sadly. These most recent artifacts prove early human ancestors were in Asia much earlier than what we believed and in my mind that is HIGHLY significant. It is my suspicion that very soon we may even find remains that are older or equivalent to any found in Africa! Stay tuned………….
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