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earliest Record of Human Activity in Northern Europe

Prof Chris Stringer, Palaeontology Department, Natural History Museum
Prof Anthony Stewart, Department of Biology, UCL
Dr Kirsty Penkman, Department of Biology, University of York
Prof Jim Rose, Geography Department, Royal Holloway

Revolutionary dating techniques have suggested that a collection of stone tools from East Anglia show human activity in Northern Europe 200,000 years earlier than scientists previously thought. With results published in ‘Nature’ this week, researchers explain how this challenges the current understanding of how humans moved from Southern Europe to colonise areas of Northern Europe including the UK.

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