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First Globetrotters Had Primitive Toolkits

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Science  20 Feb 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5917, pp. 999
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5917.999a

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The earliest members of the human family known outside Africa managed to trek all the way across Africa and the Middle East with the most primitive kind of stone tools known rather than with more sophisticated stone hand axes that were thought to be essential for intercontinental travel, it was announced at the AAAS meeting.