Ancient People Travelled Extreme Distances
Two new studies published in The Journal of Human Evolution have revealed that ancient people and Neanderthals travelled far greater distances, in the period from 120,000 to 10,000 years ago, than any human groups that followed.
According to the studies, our human ancestors began walking long distances around 1.7 million years ago. This has been determined from research demonstrating exceptionally robust leg bones and an absence of skeletal injuries that would have prevented vigorous movement.
Anthropologists do not yet know why ancient people and Neanderthals travelled such long distances. One suggestion is that they did so to collect rock for spear points and game and fish which were possibly not available in their region.
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