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Were ancient hominids seafarers?
January 9, 2010, 6:55 am
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Excavators on Crete believe they have found evidence that ancient hominids came to Europe from Africa by boat, passing through Crete 130,000 years ago.

Stone hand axes unearthed on the Mediterranean island of Crete indicate that an ancient Homospecies — perhaps Homo erectus — had used rafts or other seagoing vessels to cross from northern Africa to Europe via at least some of the larger islands in between, says archaeologist Thomas Strasser of Providence College in Rhode Island.

Several hundred double-edged cutting implements discovered at nine sites in southwestern Crete date to at least 130,000 years ago and probably much earlier, Strasser reported January 7 at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Archaeology. Many of these finds closely resemble hand axes fashioned in Africa about 800,000 years ago by H. erectus, he says. It was around that time that H. erectus spread from Africa to parts of Asia and Europe.

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[…] dramatically change our perceptions of prehistoric man’s seafaring capabilities. I posted an earlier article about the find a few weeks ago and have to say I’m pleased that this reached mainstream news. Crete has been an island for […]

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