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Hammerstone from Majuangou, China

Early humans began spreading from Africa to other parts of the world by about 1.8 million years ago. Within 100,000 years, they reached China. This discovery was made by Human Origins Program researchers working in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Hubei Institute of Cultural Relics. At excavation sites in China’s Nihewan Basin, the team found stone tools like this hammerstone, evidence of animal butchery, and animal footprints.

Hammerstone; Majuangou, Nihewan Basin, China
Image Credit: James Di Loreto, & Donald H. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution
Hammerstone from Majuangou, China
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Date of discovery:
Discovered by: A team led by R. X. Zhu and Rick Potts
Site: Majuangou, Nihewan Basin, China
Page last updated: February 9, 2016