August 14, 2011

Evidence of human beachcombing in South Africa: 164-120,000 years ago

Pinnacle Point caves
Evidence researched by Curtis Marean seems to prove that people living at Pinnacle Point, some time between 165 and 120 thousand years ago, were able to understand tides well enough as to gather seafood that was only available a few days each month. 

In any case, at the very least this site shows that people were exploiting coastal habitats very early in human prehistory, roughly when we have the first clear evidence of expansion of our species to other corners of Africa, such as Morocco.

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