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

  title={Homo erectus at Trinil on Java used shells for tool production and engraving},
  author={J. Joordens and F. d'Errico and F. Wesselingh and S. Munro and J. Vos and J. Wallinga and Christina Ankj{\ae}rgaard and T. Reimann and J. Wijbrans and Klaudia F. Kuiper and H. M{\"u}cher and H. Coqueugniot and V. Pri{\'e} and I. Joosten and B. V. Os and A. Schulp and M. Panuel and V. Haas and W. Lustenhouwer and J. Reijmer and W. Roebroeks},
  • J. Joordens, F. d'Errico, +18 authors W. Roebroeks
  • Published 2015
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Nature
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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