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In China, a Handier Homo erectus

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Science  13 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5357, pp. 1636
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5357.1636

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An invisible technological barrier has long been believed to separate the makers of sophisticated, two-sided stone hand axes in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe from their less adept cousins in Asia. Now new international excavations in China have revealed that at least a few early Asians were also making bifacial stone tools as much as 730,000 years ago.