Early humans in the Kalahari were as innovative as their coastal neighbours

(University of Innsbruck) Archaeological evidence in a rockshelter at the edge of the Kalahari Desert, South Africa, is challenging the idea that the origins of our species were linked to coastal environments. Published in Nature, Dr Jayne Wilkins from Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution led an international collaboration which found evidence far from coastal sites of the complex symbolic and technological behaviours that define modern humans, stretching back 105,000 years.