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A cave site in Kenya’s forests reveals the oldest human burial in Africa – The Conversation AU

A small child buried almost 80,000 years ago in a cave in Kenya shows how ancient humans treated the dead.



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Africa is often referred to as the cradle of humankind the birthplace of our species, Homo sapiens. There is evidence of the development of early symbolic behaviours such as pigment use and perforated shell ornaments in Africa, but so far most of what we know about the development of complex social behaviours such as burial and mourning has come from Eurasia.
However, the remains of a child buried almost 80,000 years ago under an overhang at Panga ya Saidi cave in Kenya is providing important new…

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