New observations have pushed back the earliest unambiguous date for the existence of advanced human hunting methods by more than 1.6 million years. The new date is now approximately 2 million years in the past. The human hunters are thoug
ht to be Homo habilis.
Henry Bunn from the University of Wisconsin – Madison led the research team that analyzed an archaeological butchery site in Tanzania. Bunn indicated that data from the site revealed that “men and women could not have been taking kill from other animals or eating those that had died of natural causes. They were selecting and killing what they wanted.”
These findings are quite significant as they completely alter our understanding of the timeline for the origins of advanced hunting techniques among early humans. We’ve put together an info-graphic to put this timescale into perspective.
For more on this story check out this article in The Guardian.
This info-graphic created by DNAfish.com – licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Generic. Incorporated Images from Wikimedia Commons: by Lillyundfreya (Homo habilis), Daaaveee (Khafre’s pyramid) licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license. Tim Evanson (Homo heidelbergensis) licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.