Archaeologists in China have discovered ancient work tools, suggesting that humans have penetrated into Asia more than two million years ago.
“Our discovery drives us to reconsider the period in which our ancestors left Africa and spread to the ground,” says Robin Denell of the University of Exeter.
Drilling in central China revealed that the approximate age of most of the tools found by scientists was 1.5 million years ago, after humans left Africa. But some of these tools approximate more than 2.12 million years ago.
This discovery, published in the journal Nature, suggests that the man of Georgia (from the Demanisi region) was not the oldest human being in Asia.
China seems to have been populated by much of Georgia, suggesting that our ancestors were able to adapt to the colder Asian climate than previously thought.