Australasian Science: Australia's authority on science since 1938

Shellfish Engravings Mark the Rise of Man

Stephen Munro examines casts of Homo erectus.

Stephen Munro examines casts of Homo erectus, which was responsible for the 500,000-year-old engravings. Credit: Phil Dooley

By Stephen Munro

Digital images of ancient shellfish have revealed markings that, according to conventional wisdom, simply shouldn’t have been there.

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.