Butchered Bird Bones Put Humans in Madagascar 10,500 Years Ago

File photo: Fossil bird bones and talons in tar. Credit: James St. John

(From ScienceNews.com)

Cuts and fractures on three previously unearthed leg and foot bones from one of Madagascar’s extinct elephant birds resulted from the animal being killed and cut up with stone tools at least 10,500 years ago, say vertebrate paleontologist James Hansford of the Zoological Society of London and colleagues. Until now, the oldest evidence of humans on Madagascar consisted of stone tools dating to roughly 4,000 years ago.

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