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Homo erectus made world's oldest doodle 500,000 years ago


Homo erectus made world's oldest doodle 500,000 years ago Imgur

Source: http://nature.com/news/homo-erectus-...

A zigzag engraving on a shell from Indonesia is the oldest abstract marking ever found. But what is most surprising about the half-a-million-year-old doodle is its likely creator — the human ancestor Homo erectus.

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Clive Finlayson, a zoologist at the Gibraltar Museum who was part of the team that described cross-hatch patterns linked to Neanderthals, is also agnostic about whether to call the H. erectus doodles art. What is more important, he says, is the growing realization that abilities such as abstract thinking, once ascribed to only H. sapiens, were present in other archaic humans, including, now, their ancestors.

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That's about my skill level, too. Respect!

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