Bows,arrows and complex symbolic displays 48,000 years ago in SL

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The objects were found in a cave(Fa-Hien) in Sri Lanka and include the oldest known bow-and-arrow technology outside Africa, dating back to 48,000 years ago, new research published in the journal Science Advances revealed.

The research described evidence for bow-and-arrow hunting toolkits alongside a complex symbolic repertoire from 48,000 years before present at the Sri Lankan site of Fa-Hien Lena—the earliest bow-and-arrow technology outside of Africa. “As one of the oldest H. sapiens rainforest sites outside of Africa, this exceptional assemblage provides the first detailed insights into how our species met the extreme adaptive challenges that were encountered in Asia during global expansion,” it said.

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https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/06/tools-human-early-migration-rainforest-sri-lanka/

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  • TONY Saturday, 13 June 2020 11:43 AM

    YES ADAM IS FROM SRI LANKA STILL WONDERING ABOUT EVE

    Lokka Saturday, 13 June 2020 01:43 PM

    Your story is not tenable with the new revealed facts.

    Dr Thiru Saturday, 13 June 2020 12:59 PM

    Sinhalese were not living in Sri Lanka then, so who are these ancient clever people, most probably they are Tamils. If you draw a 1000 mile radius circle from the central Sri Lanka then it covers the region on this earth that predominantly from ancient times belongs to the Tamils.

    16.2 Million out of thin Air! Saturday, 13 June 2020 04:57 PM

    Lol. Look at all the "racially sensitive" people rushing to claim a discovery of something as simple and amazing as primitive tools and therefore give their "race" a pat in the back. This is what dragged us to 30 years of bloodshed in the first place... Sad

    Jaya Saturday, 13 June 2020 06:42 PM

    Yep, they used stones and spoke in Tamil or Sinhala 50,000 years back.

    Kalusena Sunday, 14 June 2020 05:02 AM

    Thiru, This article is about 50 thousand year old objects used by humans found in Sri Lanka. Tamil or Sinhala languages were not spoken that time. There is no evidence of similar objects of the same period found in southern India to claim that those humans originated from there. Most probably south indians were living on trees that time.you have to let go of this Tamil Vs Sinhalese thing. If you have forgotten primitive Tamil backsides were well and truly kicked by the Singhales recently.

    Shihan Saturday, 13 June 2020 02:45 PM

    Sadly we have evolved very little since then...

    channa Sunday, 14 June 2020 07:21 PM

    why child? you are still hunting with bows and arrows? we go to the supermarket!

    Lee Saturday, 13 June 2020 05:08 PM

    Scrap that fable Mahavansa and teach the real history

    S.S. Somasundram Sivalingham Saturday, 13 June 2020 05:49 PM

    Yes. One came with 7oo others.

    S Fernando Sunday, 14 June 2020 01:54 AM

    Oh Doctor, it's only about a bow n arrow and does it matter if the Veddas were Sinhala or Tamils who lived then? I'm sure whoever they were the color of their blood no doubt would have been still Red...Curios to know the subject you got the PhD for...?!!

    Jason Sunday, 14 June 2020 05:47 AM

    Indigenous Sri Lankans who must have spoken a language native to the island only.

    Ravindra Perera Sunday, 14 June 2020 05:50 AM

    OK OK So where are these smart people now? Today, there are only rogues, scammers, murderers and stupid fools.

    Siva Sunday, 14 June 2020 06:28 AM

    The find had some Sinhala inscriptions the official language

    ANTON Sunday, 14 June 2020 06:56 AM

    THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN USED BY MAHINDAS ANCESTORS

    Anuradha Perera Sunday, 14 June 2020 09:59 AM

    When will we ever learn that all humans are the same, if you remove the water, the whole earth is one big nation, it seems to me that simply becoming a doctor does not mean that you are wise.

    CPJ Sunday, 14 June 2020 10:39 AM

    There was a plan to put vadai and those in a cave in Australia , then claim ancient tamil migration.

    Ex Police Officer, South India Sunday, 14 June 2020 12:28 PM

    Kalusena and other Sinhalese comments, why are you all getting worked up because one Tamil guy commented that those ancient people could be Tamils. No one knows the truth but you can’t deny the fact that Sri Lanka is lying in a Tamil region of over 85 million Tamils and the Tamil language is one of the oldest languages in the world.

    Jaya Sunday, 14 June 2020 07:06 PM

    Boss the only 2 things defining a person to a country right now is not Sinhala or Tamil but their birth certificate and passport. Both of them say whether you are a Sri Lankan or an Indian. 80 years back both these nations didn't exist. 100 years from now it may be the same again. we can never be certain.

    Lankan Friday, 19 June 2020 11:00 AM

    As a Tamil Catholic, we are proud of the language being probably the oldest unchanged one. Many of us do not speak it. Any facts regarding its ancient history is not a weapon, and proves nothing. Also, It is unlikely that race as we know it today, existed 50k years ago. In addition, talking about it now, serves no useful purpose. One Lanka, for Lankans, in which other religions peaceably exist, with their own identity, in a Buddhist culture. Spoken of with love, by our Cardinal, who is probably the most respected religious leader in the country (also not a political statement!)


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