The American Association for the Advancement of Science: Stone Age exit from Africa revised
Thursday 24 February 1994
Homo erectus - a distant ancestor of modern humans - migrated from Africa to Java without the help of sophisticated tools, Carl Swisher, from the Institute of Human Origins near San Francisco, said.
New dating techniques revealed that an archaeological site in Java where H. erectus bones were found is twice as old as once thought, he said. The research will be published in Science tomorrow.
The journal says the date of 1.8 million years ago 'moves H. erectus out of Africa almost one million years before they were supposed to hit the road in the accepted version'.
H. erectus was supposed to have invented a primitive stone axe, but Dr Swisher's findings suggest the species of hominid got out of Africa before this invention.
'We're suggesting that Homo erectus got out of Africa, expanding into different environments for totally different reasons. It was probably necessary to exploit some environmental change,' he said.
Bernard Wood, an anthropologist at Liverpool University, said the findings meant the whole pattern of human evolution was much more complicated than once thought. He has suggested human evolution could have happened in more than one place.
- 1 Reyhaneh Jabbari: Iran due to execute woman for murder of her alleged attempted rapist
- 2 Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
- 3 Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
- 4 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 5 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
- < Previous
- Next >
Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: NORTH HAMPSHIRE NQ to MID LEVEL - An e...
Highly Attractive Pakage: Austen Lloyd: MANCHESTER - A highly attractive oppor...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (Campaigns, Offlin...
£90000 - £135000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Marketing (B2C, Acquisition...