Humans butchered elephants 500,000 years ago, ancient tool suggests

March 23, 2015 11:44 AM

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Humans butchered elephants 500,000 years ago, ancient tool suggests

500,000-year-old hand axes discovered in a quarry in Israel still had traces of elephant fat clinging to them. The ancient tools show that humans used these tools to butcher animals. (Barkai et al)

Stone tools that are half a million years old have been unearthed in Israel — and they still have traces of elephant fat clinging to them.

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