India and early human activity

26 Mar 2011

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/71678/title/Go_east%2C_ancient-tool-... is a story about the discovery of stone tools in SE India that date back one million years ago - or longer (see Science March 25th 2011). Acheullian tools are usually associated with Homo erectus and on this evidence they were in South Asia not long after their appearance in East Africa. However, no fossil bones have been discovered so an argument might develop on what species of human was responsible. The date is based on geochronology - and the evidence ties in with hand axes found in SE China that date back to 800,000 years ago.