Oldest early human toolmakers in Asia
Stone tools on China’s Loess Plateau, over 2 million years old
Modern humans were not the first species to leave Africa. Homo erectus fossils have been found in the Republic of Georgia back to 1.8 million years old, and are known from Indonesia at about 1.6 million years old. Now, scientists in China have discovered stone tools from the Loess Plateau, central China, dating to at least 2.1 million years old. While the stone tools are not direct fossil evidence, they show that early humans left Africa and migrated across Asia hundreds of thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
Published in the journal Nature July 11, 2018, by Zhaoyu Zhu and colleagues.