Professor Curtis Marean, from the Institute of Human Origins, discusses the South African origins of modern human beings, and the earliest evidence of an organized community at Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay.
Along the coast of Western Cape, early humankind found refuge from the extreme temperatures the world was experiencing. Here, they had genius moments that jumped us, as a species, forward.
They learned about the tides so that shellfish became part of their diet, removing the need for us to be nomads. They made tools and weapons by heating particular rocks. They used ochre, from clay, to paint.
Arguably, we live in one of the greatest archeological zones on the planet. We live where we got clever 🙂