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How did stone tools get to the Philippines 700 kya?


From Michael Greshko at National Geographic:

Someone butchered a rhinoceros in the Philippines hundreds of thousands of years before modern humans arrived—but who?

But the age of the remains makes them especially remarkable: The carved bones are most likely between 631,000 and 777,000 years old, with researchers’ best estimate coming in around 709,000 years old. The research—partially funded by the National Geographic Society—pushes back occupation of the Philippines to before the known origin of our species, Homo sapiens. The next-earliest evidence of Philippine hominins comes from Luzon’s Callao Cave, in the form of a 67,000-year-old foot bone.

“It’s really, really exciting—it’s now becoming increasingly clear that ancient forms of hominins were able to make significant deep-sea crossings,” says Adam Brumm, a paleoanthropologist at Griffith University who studies H. floresiensis. More.

We were talking about Neanderthals sailing the Mediterranean the other day. It might help to remember that many of our ancestors were often desperate and the basic idea isn’t that difficult. Getting from a log or raft of logs tied with leather to a luxy yacht, now that’s difficult. But it wasn’t their goal. 😉

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In answer to your question, "Someone butchered a rhinoceros in the Philippines hundreds of thousands of years before modern humans arrived—but who?" It was probably this guy's ancestor... https://tinyurl.com/ybbu4fsx ronvanwegen
JDK @ 4 I read "Kon Tiki" decades ago, and the most important thing to know about Heyerdahl's trip is that we now KNOW that Polynesia was settled East-to-West, and there was ZERO back migration from South America. But the comments on the trip itself are useful. 1. If you ain't got MOTORS to scare off the fish, your boat/raft is SURROUNDED by fish all day every day. You just drop a line in the water, and you have lunch. 2. If you're too bored to actually FISH, every morning the deck, and every other flat surface, is COVERED with fresh Flying Fish. They have no experience with boats, and perhaps 1% (wild guess) randomly land on your boat. 3. You can of course get "fresh water" in the form of both rain, it rains a LOT in the Tropics, and fish juice. You can get fish juice by simply SQUEEZING partially butchered fish. Straining it through a hanky works just fine. So the real threat is Boredom, since every day is the same as yesterday. Oh, also note that for the more organized "coasting" colonizations from the Med headed east, the key domesticated animal was the goat. Sheep came MUCH later, and cattle require a WHOLE lot more food and work. So you get a couple crazy young guys, a couple logs, and some goats (hopefully at least 1 female and 1 male), and go see what's over the horizon. If you find a nice place, you send somebody back to get some girls. vmahuna
Interesting article. Just FYI: I'm re-reading Kon Tiki by Heyerdahl right now. It captured my interest long ago, and I read all his books. (Off topic: I also just read the Mutiny on the Bounty Trilogy, and Isabella Bird's book about living in Hawaii in the 1870's, exploring, among other places, the volcano that's going off right now. The history of the South Pacific is pretty fascinating.) jdk
Oops Bad link again https://www.amazon.com/Prehistoric-Chipped-Stone-Tools-Carolina/dp/1985163683 If this one fails I give up typing on a phone with fat fingers. OLV
(1) Sorry for the broken link Let’s give it another try: Check this out OLV
How did stone tools get to the Philippine? The same way it could be delivered to most parts of the world: check this out :) OLV

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