Early Humans Reached Greek Island 200,000 Years Ago, Changing Picture of Spread From Africa

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Post by phildidge on Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:46 pm

Nobody looked for Neanderthals or early Homo sapiens on islands because it was thought they weren’t seafaring – but back then, the Aegean wasn’t a sea.

Smack in the middle of the Aegean Sea lies the island of Naxos, best known for its beaches, antiquities, and grilled octopus. It was home to the Cycladic culture, which coexisted with the Minoans over 4,000 years ago. Now discoveries of stone tools on the Greek island newly proven to go back at least 200,000 years demonstrate that somehow, both Neanderthals and early humans reached this island – and apparently an earlier form of hominin, too.

None had been expected, Tristan Carter of McMaster University and colleagues from the United States and Greece explained Wednesday in Science Advances.

Europe had been thronged with pre-Neanderthal hominins, such as Homo erectus and Homo heidelbergensis, and come their day, Neanderthals did live in continental Greece and Turkey. But it didn’t occur to science to seek archaic human remains on any Aegean islands, based on the thinking that ancient humans weren’t seafarers.


https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-early-humans-reached-island-200-000-years-ago-changing-theory-of-spread-from-africa-1.7994456

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