Scientists have said that they have found 118,000-year-old tools on an Island called Sulawesi, which appear to have been made by humans. No fossils were found with the tools and so scientists aren’t sure where they came from.
The makers of the tool could have been a group of “archaic” humans that may have lived on their own for years, according to the scientists.
“We now have direct evidence that when modern humans arrived on Sulawesi, supposedly between 60,000 and 50,000 years ago and aided by watercraft, they must have encountered an archaic group of humans that was already present on the island long before,” archaeologist Gerrit van den Bergh of University of Wollongong in Australia told Reuters.
Scientists will now go on the search for those early humans, and attempt to find out how they got there. They might have made their way there by drifting on tsunami debris, scientists said.
The tools are mostly made of very hard limestone and were made by hitting two stones together. They were probably used for simple tasks like cutting up meat or making other tools out of wood the scientists said.