Oldest semi-human creative Artifact found

Wissenschaftler haben in Indonesien von Homo Erectus' gravierte Muscheln gefunden, die runde 500.000 Jahre älter sind, als das bisher angenommene erste „Kunstwerk“ der Menschheit. Bislang war ein vor 75.000 Jahren mit Zickzackmustern beritzter Ockerstein aus Südafrika das älteste Artefakt menschlicher Kreativität, dabei hatten unsere humanoiden Urahnen schon viel länger Unsinn im Kopf. Toll!

THE artist – if she or he can be called that – was right-handed and used a shark's tooth. They had a remarkably steady hand and a strong arm. Half a million years ago, on the banks of a calm river in central Java, they scored a deep zigzag into a clam shell. We will never know what was going on inside its maker's head, but the tidy, purposeful line (pictured above right) has opened a new window into the origins of our modern creative mind.

It was found etched into the shell of a fossilised freshwater clam, and is around half a million years old – making the line by far the oldest engraving ever found. The date also means it was made two to three hundred thousand years before our own species evolved, by a more ancient hominin, Homo erectus.

New Scientist: Shell 'art' made 300,000 years before humans evolved