High handaxe symmetry at the beginning of the European Acheulian: The data from la Noira (France) in context

  title={High handaxe symmetry at the beginning of the European Acheulian: The data from la Noira (France) in context},
  author={Radu Iovita and Inbal Tuvi-Arad and Marie-H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Moncel and Jackie Despri{\'e}e and Pierre Voinchet and Jean-Jacques Bahain},
  booktitle={PloS one},
In the last few decades, new discoveries have pushed the beginning of the biface-rich European Acheulian from 500 thousand years (ka) ago back to at least 700 ka, and possibly to 1 million years (Ma) ago. It remains, however, unclear to date if handaxes arrived in Europe as a fully developed technology or if they evolved locally from core-and-flake industries. This issue is also linked with another long-standing debate on the existence and behavioral, cognitive, and social meaning of a possibly… CONTINUE READING

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