Sailors Appeared in Africa 1.4 Million Years Ago.
Human ancestors left Africa not only by land but also by sea, recent findings of Russian archeologists on Socotra island show.
Russian scientists found stone artifacts, which belong to Oldowan culture and date back 1.4 million years. The main sensation is geography ? the Socotra island, now belonging to Yemen, is located in the Gulf of Aden ? 200 km away from the closest point on the African coast, and Oldowan culture originates from Tanzanian Olduvai Gorge.
Now the challenge is in understanding how Oldowan stones, which belonged to Homo habilis, arrived to Socotra. No anthropologist has even been so brave to imagine that this ancient half-monkey-half-human being could not only follow antelopes, but also travel to neighbouring islands by sea.
However, large amount of discovered stones indicates that ancient men were natural-born sailors. Socotra had been an island long before the stones appeared there, so human ancestors couldn"t have got there by land. Well, all facts lead to no less than a revolution in anthropology.