Skip navigation
Skip navigation

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


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
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature13962


File Description SizeFormat Image
01_Joordens_Homo_erectus_at_Trinil_on_Java_2015.pdf3.67 MBAdobe PDF    Request a copy

Items in Open Research are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Updated:  19 May 2020/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator