540,000-Year-Old Shell Carvings May Be Human Ancestor’s Oldest Art

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HALF A MILLION YEARS OLD!

HALF A MILLION YEARS OLD!

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

The ramifications of this find are, well, to say the least HUGE. If proven, and I believe it has been this shell tells a different story to what our History classes told us at  School. This brings BANG into question something I am always asking “Is there a huge piece of Earth’s history missing” And this shell brings that question tumbling down to Earth. This is History shattering at least. More when I find it, but this could change how we view our past

The ancient, big-bodied relatives of modern-day humans not only ate freshwater shellfish, but engraved their shells and used them as tools, a new study finds. Researchers in Java, Indonesia, discovered engravings on a shell that dates to between 540,000 and 430,000 years ago. Theancient artwork could be the oldest known geometric carving made by a human ancestor, the researchers said. It’s unclear what the engraving — a series of slashes and an “M”-shaped zigzag — means, but it could indicate that Homo erectus, the ancestor of modern humans, may have been smarter than was previously thought

A second look at a century-old shell collection uncovered remarkable engravings made on a freshwater shellfish shell in Java, Indonesia. The carving is the oldest known engraving made by a human ancestor, suggesting that Homo erectus, ancestor to modern-day humans, may have been smarter than was previously thought.

Clear markings

Clear markings

http://www.obscuragator.com/?query=id:7667

http://esciencenews.com/sources/live.science/2014/12/03/540000.year.old.shell.carvings.may.be.human.ancestors.oldest.art

http://news.yahoo.com/540-000-old-shell-carvings-may-human-ancestors-135017375.html

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