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Ice Age Tools Hint at 40,000 Years of Bushman Culture

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Science  03 Aug 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6094, pp. 512
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6094.512

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Archaeologists studying a South African cave say they have found 44,000-year-old artifacts—including bone tools and poisoned arrowheads—nearly identical to those still in use by hunter-gatherers. The team calls the finds the oldest known examples of "modern culture," the adaptations that enabled Homo sapiens to make it through the last Ice Age and survive to the present day.