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[evol-psych] Chinese Stone Tools Reveal High-Tech Homo erectus

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Volume 287, Number 5458 Issue of 3 Mar 2000, p 1566 http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/287/5458/1566 PALEOANTHROPOLOGY: Chinese Stone Tools Reveal
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      Volume 287, Number 5458 Issue of 3 Mar 2000, p 1566
      http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/287/5458/1566

      PALEOANTHROPOLOGY:
      Chinese Stone Tools Reveal High-Tech Homo erectus
      Ann Gibbons

      Using state-of-the-art dating techniques, Chinese and American
      anthropologists report on page 1622 that thousands of sophisticated stone
      tools found in the Bose basin of the Guangxi Zhuang region of southern China
      were made roughly 800,000 years ago. That's surprisingly early, as other
      reliably dated large cutting tools in East Asia are no more than 500,000
      years old. The new study disproves a long-standing hypothesis that Homo
      erectus in Asia was less handy--and by implication, less intelligent and
      adaptive--than its African relative, who was already making similar stone
      tools 1.5 million years ago.

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