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Ancient Hominids May Have Been Seafarers (Science News)

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    Received the following link last week from Dr. John White of Midwestern Epigraphic Society. 1/08/10 web edition article, from Science News... Ancient Hominids
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      Received the following link last week from Dr. John White of Midwestern Epigraphic Society.  1/08/10 web edition article, from Science News...

      Ancient Hominids May Have Been Seafarers - Hand axes excavated on Crete suggest hominids made sea crossings to go 'out of Africa' : http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/53219/title/Ancient_hominids_may_have_been_seafarers By Bruce Bower

      ANAHEIM, Calif. — Human ancestors that left Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago to see the rest of the world were no landlubbers. Stone hand axes unearthed on the Mediterranean island of Crete indicate that an ancient Homo species — perhaps Homo erectus — had used rafts or other seagoing vessels to cross from northern Africa to Europe via at least some of the larger islands in between, says archaeologist Thomas Strasser of Providence College in Rhode Island.

      Several hundred double-edged cutting implements discovered at nine sites in southwestern Crete date to at least 130,000 years ago and probably much earlier, Strasser reported January 7 at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Archaeology. Many of these finds closely resemble hand axes fashioned in Africa about 800,000 years ago by H. erectus, he says. It was around that time that H. erectus spread from Africa to parts of Asia and Europe....


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