Half-million year old decorative etching on clamshell made by a Homo erectus


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It’s a Homo erectus instructional.

It visualizes the lesson “See, this is the part of the sabre tooth/shark/crocodile you’ve got to avoid!”

The first textbook!


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H. erectus goes back 1,800,000 years, maybe more.

While some have disputed the inclusion of habilis and rudolfensis, I don’t think anyone disputes the inclusion of Homo erectus in genus Homo and in humanity. I am glad to see earlier evidence of art. I am just frustrated with the New Scientist’s title, because it is so unclear.


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I’m guessing he was working on his brand. The guy had just opened an oyster shop.


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It’s clever. But is it art?


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