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Tools Show Humans Reached Asia Early

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Science  28 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5539, pp. 2368-2369
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5539.2368b

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In this week's issue of Nature, the case for an early human movement out of Africa is boosted by new work dating Chinese stone tools to 1.36 million years ago. What's more, the tools were found in relatively cold northern China, by an ancient lakebed 150 kilometers west of Beijing. To reach that spot, early humans must have migrated long distances over difficult terrain, armed only with simple tool kits.