Scientists have found the oldest stone tool in Kenya

Scientists have found the oldest stone tool in Kenya

The science journal Nature published a paper, saying the oldest stone tools have been found. The stones, made by our ancestors, were found in Kenya and date back 3.3 million years.

Archaeologists have found something that may change the course of studying history. 

The science journal Nature published a paper, saying the oldest stone tools have been found. The stones, made by our ancestors, were found in Kenya and date back 3.3 million years. The previous discovery of stone tools, which are no longer considered to be the oldest ones, were created by humans about 700,000 years after Kenya’s tools.

Jason Lewis in his interview with CNN said:

We have extended the archaeological record by almost a third. That’s like finding cell phones back in the early 1900s

The previous evidence, found in Ethiopia, that belonged to the genus Homo, dated back 2.6 million years.

Archaeological works in Kenya

Archaeological works in Kenya

The oldest humans are believed to emerge about 2.8 million years ago. The newly-found tools prove wrong: people may have existed long before.

This discovery has two explanations:

Human ancestors, like creature “Lucy” could have created those sophisticated tools or Homo Sapiens appeared much earlier than modern people think. That means, more tools can be found in earth.

Scientists have found tools which include flakes, that could be used for cutting, as well as cores from which flakes were struck. Anvils, which were used for holding the cores when flakes were chipped off, were also found.

Sonia Harmand, the Stony Brook University archaeologist and author of the paper, was surprised why the tools, which are much older than the previously discovered ones, are bigger and lighter in color.

She also added that nobody knows exactly how those tools were used and who exactly used them. Sonia admitted they were in process of learning from these stones as much as they could.

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