June 23, 2006
Bead Bashing

Pat gets a very ancient no-prize for bringing us news of yet another "back-dating" of the development of human culture:

Archaeologists have discovered that 100,000-year-old shells found in Israel and Algeria were decorative beads. This suggests that modern human forms of behaviour, such as language, developed earlier than previously thought.

It's beginning to look more and more likely that the emergence of "modern" behaviors will in fact coincide with the emergence of modern anatomy. This is actually a Good Thing, because one of the great mysteries of human evolution was why it took around 160,000 years after the anatomy changed for modern culture to suddenly explode onto the scene.

Posted by scott at June 23, 2006 12:09 PM

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