Friday, 5 December 2014

Shell 'art' made 300,000 years before humans evolved

"THE artist – if she or he can be called that – was right-handed and used a shark's tooth. They had a remarkably steady hand and a strong arm. Half a million years ago, on the banks of a calm river in central Java, they scored a deep zigzag into a clam shell.

We will never know what was going on inside its maker's head, but the tidy, purposeful line (pictured above right) has opened a new window into the origins of our modern creative mind."

This would have been by Homo erectus two or three hundred thousand years before humans evolved.

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