View Full Version : Primitive Humans Conquered Sea, Surprising Finds Suggest

Thursday, February 18th, 2010, 06:55 AM
Prehistoric axes found on a Greek island show that seafaring existed in the Mediterranean long before the arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe.

Knapped from a cobble of local quartz stone, the rough-looking tool resembled hand axes discovered in Africa (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/continents/africa/) and mainland Europe (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/continents/europe/) and used by human ancestors until about 175,000 years ago. This stone tool technology, useful for smashing bones, cutting flesh, and scraping hides, had been relatively static for over a million years.

Crete has been surrounded by vast stretches of sea for some five million years. The discovery of the hand ax suggests that someone besides technologically modern humans—perhaps Neanderthals, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo erectus, or primitive Homo sapiens—island-hopped across the Mediterranean for tens of millennia.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/02/100217-crete-primitive-humans-mariners-seafarers-mediterranean-sea/ (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.nat ionalgeographic.com%2Fnews%2F2010%2F02%2 F100217-crete-primitive-humans-mariners-seafarers-mediterranean-sea%2F)