January 16, 2016

>100 Ka old tools found in Sulawesi


Flake type tools dated to approx. 118,000 years ago have been found in Sulawesi (Indonesia). They imply that some species of human was making them but it is unclear which one. Homo floresiensis (alias The Hobbit) is maybe the first one that comes to mind but actually there are other possibilities: on one hand the significant H. heidelbergensis (alias Denisovan) admixture found in Australasian aboriginals would be consistent with its presence somewhere in SE Asia, Wallacea even, but another serious possibility is that they are in fact made by H. sapiens, whose presence in other parts of Asia soon after this date (or even before in the case of West Asia) is well known by now.

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