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Evidence for stone-tool-assisted consumption of animal tissues before 3.39 million years ago at Dikika, Ethiopia
The discovery of stone-tool-inflicted marks on bones found during recent survey work in Dikika, Ethiopia, extends by approximately 800,000 years the antiquity of stone tools and ofStone- tool-assisted consumption of ungulates by hominins and can now be attributed to Australopithecus afarensis.
The age of the hominin fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, and the origins of the Middle Stone Age
The ages of fire-heated flint artefacts obtained from new excavations at the Middle Stone Age site of Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, which are directly associated with newly discovered remains of H. sapiens are reported, suggest a larger scale, potentially pan-African, origin for both.
Handaxes as a Measure of the Mental Capabilities of Early Hominids
- S. McPherron
- 1 August 2000
Handaxes are often used to discuss the evolution of mental capabilities in early hominids. There are several reasons handaxes are used for this purpose, but principal among these is the notion that…
On the Role of Fire in Neandertal Adaptations in Western Europe: Evidence from Pech de l'Azé and Roc de Marsal, France
Though the earliest evidence for the use of fire is a subject of debate, it is clear that by the late Middle Paleolithic, Neandertals in southwest France were able to use fire. The archaeological…
ANTHROPOLOGY Correction for Additional evidence on the use of personal ornaments in the Middle Paleolithic of North Africa, by
Tool-marked bones from before the Oldowan change the paradigm
- S. McPherron, Z. Alemseged, H. Béarat
- GeographyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 2 May 2011
Critiqued paper (2), which provided the earliest evidence for stone tool use and animal tissue consumption as evidenced by bones bearing tool-induced marks found at DIK-55 (Dikika, Ethiopia) and dated to 3.39 Ma, argued that all of the Dikika marks resulted from trampling, because asmall subset of these marks superficially resembled a small subset of experimentally trampled specimens.
Middle Palaeolithic Lithic Technology from the Western High Desert of Egypt
Abstract Recent work in the high desert west of Abydos in Egypt has focused on the Middle Palaeolithic technologies known as Nubian 1 and 2 types and classic Levallois, which are abundant and are…
Taphonomy of fossils from the hominin-bearing deposits at Dikika, Ethiopia.
Testing the Reality of a “Living Floor” with Archaeological Data
- H. Dibble, Philip G. Chase, S. McPherron, A. Tuffreau
- Geography, Environmental ScienceAmerican Antiquity
- 1 October 1997
No matter how “pristine” an archaeological assemblage may appear, archaeologists should always be concerned with documenting the degree and nature of possible postdepositional disturbances. This…