Oldest evidence of stone tool use and meat-eating among human ancestors discovered: Lucy's species butchered meat

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 13:35 in Paleontology & Archaeology

Scientists have discovered evidence that human ancestors were using stone tools and consuming meat from large mammals nearly a million years earlier than previously documented. Two fossilized bones with cut marks and percussion marks were unearthed in Ethiopia. The bones are about 3.4 million years old and provide the first evidence that Australopithecus afarensis used stone tools and consumed meat.

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