First human culture lasted 20,000 years longer than thought

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) Homo sapiens emerged in Africa around 300 thousand years ago, where their fossils are found with the earliest cultural and technological expressions of our species. This repertoire, commonly referred to as the “Middle Stone Age”, remained widely in use across much of Africa until around 60-30 thousand years ago. New research in Senegal shows this ‘first human culture’ persisted until 11 thousand years ago – 20 thousand years longer than previously thought.