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Alison Brooks and Rick Potts

Researchers Discover Evidence of Technology and Behaviors Linked to Emergence of Human Species

March 15, 2018

Professor of Anthropology Alison Brooks led a team of international collaborators, including scientists from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, that discovered evidence of early humans in East Africa using coloring materials and obtaining a range of raw materials from distant sources— activities which imply the existence of social networks—about 320,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought.