Aug 21 2012 | Posted by SSSandy

Modern human culture could have emerged 44,000 years ago

The University of Bergen professor in African archaeolgoy, Christopher Henshilwood, was awarded a Europen Research Council Advanced Grant in 2009. As Principal Investigator for the project “Tracing the evolution of symbolically mediated behaviours within variable environments in Europe and southern Africa (TRACSYMBOLS)” he is leading, together with his co-investigator Francisco d´Errico at CNRS in France, an international team of reseachers suggesting that modern culture emerged 44,000 years ago based on analysis of archaeological material discovered at Border Cave in South Africa. This research has now been published  in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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