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African Artifacts Suggest an Earlier Modern Human

"Why so finely polished?" Dr. Henshilwood asked. "It's actually unnecessary for projectile points to be so carefully made. It suggests to us that this is an expression of symbolic thinking. The people said, `Let's make a really beautiful object.' "

Looks like archaeologists in Africa are finally catching up to the Australians. Yeah, that's a really unjustifiedly smarmy thing to say, considering that archaeology in Australia is so poorly understood. But finding evidence of modern human behavior at a 70,000-year-old site in South Africa doesn't really surprise me when I know the Aborigines got to Australia 60,000 years ago.


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