Seafaring Part of Human’s Ancient Past

Komos Beach on the south coast of Crete, near Matala Source: Own photo. Crete, 2004 Photographer: Arne Nordmann (norro), Germany From Wikimedia Commons

In case you didn’t know Crete is an island.  Shocking, I know but stay with me.  Crete has been an island for five million years.  What happens when you find a quartz stone hand ax on Crete 130,000 years old? You drop a quartz brick in your pants

“I was flabbergasted,” said Boston University archaeologist and stone-tool expert Curtis Runnels. “The idea of finding tools from this very early time period on Crete was about as believable as finding an iPod in King Tut‘s tomb.”

This suggests that Homo heidelbergensis had the ability to set sail pushing the ability to island hop tens of thousands of millennia earlier than expected.


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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.