21 Sep '12, 5am

Humans 13,000 Years Ago Were Wise Enough to Recycle

Humans 13,000 Years Ago Were Wise Enough to Recycle

Prehistoric humans often get a bad wrap as club-wielding knuckleheads, lumbering along in their tacky animal skin outfits, avoiding hungry saber-toothed cats and baths. But while that may be mostly true, archeologists say that some of our earliest ancestors were wiser than many nowadays in at least one regard -- they knew to recycle. According to new research from Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution , humans living during the Upper Palaeolithic Age had honed the eco-friendly habit of recycling as far back as 13,000 years ago. Researcher Manuel Vaquero says that discovered stone artifacts from this period show signs of modification, that one tool had been recycled to create an entirely new one. "In order to identify the recycling, it is necessary to differentiate the two stages of the manipulation sequence of an object: the moment before it is alter...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/humans-13000-y...

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