Thursday, July 08, 2010

Early humans had wider range than thought

Early humans - very early - pushed beyond the warmth of the equatorial belt and the Mediterranean region. A cache of stone tools found northeast of London showed people braved the more arduous climes of the British Isles at least 800,000 years ago, more than 100,000 years earlier than anthropologists had thought any humans reached the British Isles at all. The British climate then was a little colder than it is today. University College London scientist Simon Parfitt said, "What we found really undermines traditional views about how humans spread and reacted to climate change. It just shows how little we know about the movement out of Africa."

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