How new discoveries in west Africa could rewrite pre-history

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https://qz.com/africa/1996308/what-do-we-know-about-human-evolution/

Tourists visit the ruins of Kunta Kinte island in the Gambia River, near Jufureh, Albreda
Archaeology in West Africa could rewrite the textbooks on human evolution.

ByEleanor Scerri

Independent Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human HistoryApril 17, 2021

Our species,Homosapiens, rose in Africa some300,000 years ago. The objects that early humans made and used, known as the Middle Stone Age material culture, are found throughout much of Africa and include a vast range of innovations.

Among them arebow and arrow technology, specializedtool forms, the long-distance transport of objects such asmarine shellsandobsidian,personal ornamentation, the use ofpigments,water storage, and art. Although it is possible that other ancestors of modern humans contributed to this material culture in Africa, some of the earliest Middle Stone Age stone tools have been found with the oldestHomo sapiensfossils foundso far.

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