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Advanced culture began much earlier than thought in southern Africa

In “Modern culture began in South Africa 44,000 years ago” (New Scientist,

30 July 2012), Hannah Krakauer reports,

In Europe, the Upper Palaeolithic – another term for the Later Stone Age – is commonly dated to around 45,000 years ago. In South Africa the archaeological evidence suggests the Later Stone Age did not begin until much later – around 22,000 years ago.

Perhaps no longer, though. Paola Villa of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History in Boulder, and her colleagues, have delved deep into the layers of Border Cave in South Africa, and found that Middle Stone Age tool-making techniques were giving way to Later Stone Age technology by 44,000 years ago. For instance, stone spear points – a hallmark of Middle Stone Age technology – were replaced by bows and bone arrows.

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5 Responses to Advanced culture began much earlier than thought in southern Africa

  1. Interesting article.

    If we accept this result, then the evidence indicates human behaviour seven times older than a literal interpretation of the christian bible allows for the date of the earth’s creation.

    Someone must be wrong.

  2. of what opinion is News of this news?

    sergio

  3. 3

    @timothyo:

    The bible does not say that the earth is 6000 years old. An old earth (50,000-70,000 years) is consistent with the bible’s teaching! However it is clear from the bible that man was created 6000 years ago, meaning the article is wrong!

    Tobi

  4. JWTruthInLove posted: “The bible does not say that the earth is 6000 years old. An old earth (50,000-70,000 years) is consistent with the bible’s teaching! However it is clear from the bible that man was created 6000 years ago, meaning the article is wrong!”

    Well that is pretty clear. Does the original poster agree with you?

  5. That sound you can hear is the door of the ID Big Tent flapping in the wind.

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