Oldest Art Was Carved Onto Shell 540,000 Years Ago

December 3, 2014 6:01 PM

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Oldest Art Was Carved Onto Shell 540,000 Years Ago

Some 540,000 years ago, an ancient ancestor of modern humans took a shark tooth and carefully carved a geometric engraving on a mollusk shell.

The engraving -- the oldest piece of art ever found by at least 300,000 years -- as well as a shell tool were found at a site in what is now Java, Indonesia.

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