WORLD’S OLDEST STONE TOOLS DISCOVERED IN KENYA

WORLD’S OLDEST STONE TOOLS DISCOVERED IN KENYA

Turkana, in North Eastern Kenya, has always been a place where no one wants to visit much less stay and for good reason, the region is usually associated with bad weather conditions and the constant prolonged drought that has greatly affected the region for years.

Recently the region has been surprising people with the valuable things beneath it. Recently the people in Turkana have woken up to news that the region has oil and massive amounts of water which can be able to last for years and years while catering the needs for people who are leaving in Kenya.

The shore of Lake Turkana is where many fossils of human ancestors have been found and it is the home of the oldest known tools which were used in the Stone Age period.

The earliest known stone tools had been found at the site of Gona in Ethiopia and were dated 2.6 million years ago.

In 2011 Harmand team of researchers found stone tools while seeking the site where a controversial human relative called Kenyanthropus platyops had been discovered in 1998. The tools are too old and are believed to have been made by the first fully fledged humans. Harmand and her colleagues propose to call the new tools the Lomekwian Technology because they are too old and too distinct from Oldowan.

They say they believe the tools are the first because they are too old and they could not have formed naturally. There have been many theories on how man develops and the tools he used during the Stone Age period.

 

 

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