View Full Version : Earliest use of Beeswax

01-08-2012, 12:58 PM
Spotted this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19069560
today then

The earliest unambiguous evidence for modern human behaviour has been discovered by an international team of researchers in a South African cave.

The finds provide early evidence for the origin of modern human behaviour 44,000 years ago, over 20,000 years before other findings.


Dr Backwell and her co-authors describe notched decorative bones, arrowheads, warthog tusks possibly used as spear heads and the first recorded use of beeswax - to attach arrowheads - in their research.

Not a huge amount of detail, but I thought it interesting given that like a lot of us, I suspect, I've used the Bicorp picture in talks as an example of early "beekeeping" and this is just a little bit earlier.