The story of prehistoric explorers 9,000 years ago exploring Greek islands collapsed, because of the footprint of an extinct human being that existed tens of thousands of years ago.
Excavation at a quarry on Naxos Island (Greece) caused archaeologists to collapse when they found up to 12,000 stone tools and weapons of Neanderthals and possibly pre-Neanderthals . The discovery led people to rewrite part of history, because according to previous studies, 9,000 years ago, humans have the ability and the means to set foot on these islands. But the ancient humans called Neanderthals became extinct 30,000-50,000 years ago.
As other studies have shown, our modern humans, the Homo sapiens is just one of many species of the genus of humans and also the species "born late". However, all other species became extinct.
An ancient stone tool - (photo: NIKOS SKARPELIS).
Analysis shows that some tools in Naxos have a life expectancy of up to 200,000 years.
Meanwhile, to reach Naxos, people from the continent will have to cross the Aegean Sea, a journey that requires boats to be strong enough. Archaeological evidence of Neanderthals or all ancient humans still has more or less apes' nature yet to be sophisticated enough to craft boats, especially around 200,000 years ago.
An archaeologist excavating the scene - (photo: JASON LAU).
(Photo: RACHIT SRIVASTAVA).
Archaeologist - Professor Tristan Carter (McMaster University - Canada), who led the research, also collaborated with his colleagues to learn more about the mysterious land and hypothesized that at one point the sea level had dropped. that ancient humans were able to walk from the continent to the island.
It seems they have built a small community on the deserted island, based on the number of tools found. It is estimated that Neanderthals and other genera lived in what is now Europe about 1 million years ago.
Figure depicting the weapons found - (photo: KATHRYN KILLACKEY).
"In the last ice age, when the ice was locked at two poles, the sea level would drop, potentially revealing a land" bridge "between Africa and Europe, connecting the Naxos" - the The author said.
A part of Naxos Island with evidence of human extinction sites Neanderthals - (photo: EVAGGELOS TZOUMENEKAS).
The study also confirmed that the area attracted ancient humans thanks to the plentiful supply of fresh water and raw materials for tool making.
The research has just been published in the scientific journal Science Advances.