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A group of scientists from different countries found that 200 thousand years ago the Greek island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. It was previously believed that people in those places appeared on several tens of millennia later, since this region was considered unsuitable for living. Reports the edition of Phys.org.
Scientists have carefully studied the traces of ancient people last 200 thousand years in a quarry off the coast of Naxos. In those places several thousand instruments once used were discovered Neanderthals and early Homo sapiens.
This finding contradicts the well-known theory, in accordance with which the Aegean Sea separating Greece and modern Turkey, was considered an insurmountable obstacle for ancient people.
According to the authors of the study, at different times the Aegean Sea it became smaller, because of which there appeared land routes connecting two regions. Stelida, scientists are sure, had a large number vital resources and raw materials to create various tools. Moreover, the ancient inhabitants could make the simplest vessels for water movements over short distances.
Earlier, another international group of scientists found evidence that people traveled the steppes of Eurasia for 10 thousand years earlier than previously thought.