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




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!


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.


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



It’s clever. But is it art?


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