Start Million years ago fossil leakey dating

Million years ago fossil leakey dating

More than a million years ago Acheulean tool users left Africa to colonize Eurasia.

The term "Oldowan" is taken from the site of Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, where the first Oldowan tools were discovered by the archaeologist Louis Leakey in the 1930s.

For a long time it was thought that the Oldowan was the earliest stone tool industry in prehistory, from 2.6 million years ago up until 1.7 million years ago.

It was followed by the more sophisticated Acheulean industry.

The move towards agriculture started in the Middle East.

During the Palaeolithic Age humans grouped together in small bands.

Now it is realised that stone tools were used much earlier (3.3 million years ago) and that was definitely before the genus Homo had evolved.

It is not known for sure which species actually created and used Oldowan tools. Early Homo erectus appears to inherit Oldowan technology and refines it into the Acheulean industry beginning 1.7 million years ago.

John Frere was the first to suggest in writing a very ancient date for Acheulean hand-axes.