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3.3-million-year-old stone tools from Lomekwi 3, West Turkana, Kenya

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, May 2015
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Title
3.3-million-year-old stone tools from Lomekwi 3, West Turkana, Kenya
Published in
Nature, May 2015
DOI 10.1038/nature14464
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Authors

Sonia Harmand, Jason E. Lewis, Craig S. Feibel, Christopher J. Lepre, Sandrine Prat, Arnaud Lenoble, Xavier Boës, Rhonda L. Quinn, Michel Brenet, Adrian Arroyo, Nicholas Taylor, Sophie Clément, Guillaume Daver, Jean-Philip Brugal, Louise Leakey, Richard A. Mortlock, James D. Wright, Sammy Lokorodi, Christopher Kirwa, Dennis V. Kent, Hélène Roche, Harmand, Sonia, Lewis, Jason E, Feibel, Craig S, Lepre, Christopher J, Prat, Sandrine, Lenoble, Arnaud, Boës, Xavier, Quinn, Rhonda L, Brenet, Michel, Arroyo, Adrian, Taylor, Nicholas, Clément, Sophie, Daver, Guillaume, Brugal, Jean-Philip, Leakey, Louise, Mortlock, Richard A, Wright, James D, Lokorodi, Sammy, Kirwa, Christopher, Kent, Dennis V, Roche, Hélène

Abstract

Human evolutionary scholars have long supposed that the earliest stone tools were made by the genus Homo and that this technological development was directly linked to climate change and the spread of savannah grasslands. New fieldwork in West Turkana, Kenya, has identified evidence of much earlier hominin technological behaviour. We report the discovery of Lomekwi 3, a 3.3-million-year-old archaeological site where in situ stone artefacts occur in spatiotemporal association with Pliocene hominin fossils in a wooded palaeoenvironment. The Lomekwi 3 knappers, with a developing understanding of stone's fracture properties, combined core reduction with battering activities. Given the implications of the Lomekwi 3 assemblage for models aiming to converge environmental change, hominin evolution and technological origins, we propose for it the name 'Lomekwian', which predates the Oldowan by 700,000 years and marks a new beginning to the known archaeological record.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 6 2%
Spain 4 1%
Canada 3 <1%
Portugal 3 <1%
France 2 <1%
Italy 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
United States 2 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Other 7 2%
Unknown 341 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 93 25%
Student > Bachelor 55 15%
Researcher 55 15%
Student > Master 54 14%
Professor 25 7%
Other 91 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 94 25%
Arts and Humanities 83 22%
Social Sciences 67 18%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 33 9%
Unspecified 29 8%
Other 67 18%

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