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Homo erectus at Trinil on Java used shells for tool production and engraving

Joordens, Josephine C.A.; d'Errico, Francesco; Wesselingh, Frank P.; Munro, Stephen; de Vos, John; Wallinga, Jakob; Ankjaergaard, Christina; Reimann, Tony; Wijbrans, Jan; Kuiper, Klaudia; Mucher, Herman J.; Coqueugniot, H; Prie, Vincent; Joosten, Ineke; van Os, Bertil; Schulp, Anne S.; Panuel, Michel; Van der Hass, Victoria; Lustenhouwer, Wim; Reijmer, John J.G.; Roebroeks, Wil

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The manufacture of geometric engravings is generally interpreted as indicative of modern cognition and behaviour. Key questions in the debate on the origin of such behaviour are whether this innovation is restricted to Homo sapiens, and whether it has a uniquely African origin. Here we report on a fossil freshwater shell assemblage from the Hauptknochenschicht ('main bone layer') of Trinil (Java, Indonesia), the type locality of Homo erectus discovered by Eugène Dubois in 1891 (refs 2 and 3)....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/98731
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature13962

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