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Anthropologists said Wednesday that they had found the earliest engraving in human history on a fossilized mollusk shell some 500,000 years old, unearthed in Indonesia.The zigzag scratching, together with evidence that these shells were used as a tool, should prompt a rethink about the early human called Homo erectus, they said. Paleontologists eventually categorized the find as a Homo erectus, or "upright human" – a hominid that according to sketchy and hugely debated fossil evidence lived from around 1.9 million years ago to about 150,000 years ago.A third of the shells were also found to have a curious hole at the base of one of the bivalve's muscles.The team carried out experiments on living mussels of the same mollusk family, Pseudodon, piercing the shell at the same location with a pointed object.The scientists then deployed a scanning electron microscope to get a closer look at the shells.
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