Homo erectus at Trinil on Java used shells for tool production and engraving

@article{Joordens2015HomoEA,
  title={Homo erectus at Trinil on Java used shells for tool production and engraving},
  author={Josephine C.A. Joordens and Francesco d’Errico and Frank P. Wesselingh and Stephen Munro and John de Vos and Jakob Wallinga and Christina Ankj{\ae}rgaard and Tony Reimann and Jan R. Wijbrans and Klaudia F. Kuiper and Herman J. M{\"u}cher and H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Coqueugniot and Vincent Pri{\'e} and Ineke Joosten and Bertil van Os and Anne S. Schulp and Michel Panuel and Victoria M. van der Haas and Wim J. Lustenhouwer and John J. G. Reijmer and Wil Roebroeks},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2015},
  volume={518},
  pages={228-231}
}
The manufacture of geometric engravings is generally interpreted as indicative of modern cognition and behaviour. Key questions in the debate on the origin of such behaviour are whether this innovation is restricted to Homo sapiens, and whether it has a uniquely African origin. Here we report on a fossil freshwater shell assemblage from the Hauptknochenschicht (‘main bone layer’) of Trinil (Java, Indonesia), the type locality of Homo erectus discovered by Eugène Dubois in 1891 (refs 2 and 3… 

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