Paleoanthropologists Unearth Our Ancestors

By Meera Dolasia on October 23, 2007

A Paleoanthropologists  (people who study history of ancient humans), recently discovered what they believe are the remains of the ancestors of the modern human being (Homo Sapiens), along the coastline on the southern tip of Africa. 

This was a significant discovery for many reasons. While Paleoanthropologists knew that the modern human had evolved from Africa, there had been very few archeological remains found to prove this fact. This discovery not only helped find where they had lived, but also how they had lived.


The artifacts found, helped depict a lifestyle much more modern than had ever been envisioned. These humans not only caught seafood like mussels and shellfish, but also cooked it, over hot rocks.


The scientists also found 57 pieces of reddish/pinkish brown rock that they believe may have been used like makeup.


A variety of tiny “bladelets”, or tools made from quartz (kind of rock) were also found. Archeologists believe that the bladelets were attached to the end of a stick to form a spear, or simply, used as cutting tools.


As to how these Homo Sapiens got out of Africa; there is a theory that they emerged in a single migration from here moving across the entire globe, arriving in Asia about 100,000 years ago. The next stop was Australia , about 50,000 years, followed by Europe about 30,000 years ago and finally to America 20,000 years ago.

Source: Washington Post

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  • momFriday, October 24, 2014 at 11:14 am
    • emmabookworm5
      emmabookworm5Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:25 pm
      We're learning about this is social studies
      • FredFriday, September 26, 2014 at 11:45 am
        • EliFriday, September 26, 2014 at 9:13 am
          that is funy
          • darwin78904
            darwin78904Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:00 am
            • predicterSunday, July 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm
              this was amazing it brought good knowledge to me =^) :-)
              • food loverSunday, July 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm
                cool I wish I was there
                • cocobunnys
                  cocobunnysSaturday, June 21, 2014 at 12:37 pm
                  Thats creepy and cool! :0
                  • TURNIPTuesday, June 3, 2014 at 10:09 am
                    I am a beliver that we acually do evolve unlike some people
                    • bartlebeeman
                      bartlebeemanMonday, June 2, 2014 at 7:04 am
                      Huh I don't understand this



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