How new discoveries in west Africa could rewrite pre-history

How new discoveries in west Africa could rewrite pre-history
Eleanor Scerri
·5 min read

The objects that early humans made and used, known as the Middle Stone Age material culture, are found throughout much of Africa and include a vast range of innovations. Although it is possible that other ancestors of modern humans contributed to this material culture in Africa, some of the earliest Middle Stone Age stone tools have been found with the oldest Homo sapiens fossils found so far. The textbook view is that by around 40,000 years ago, the Middle Stone Age had largely ceased to exist in Africa.