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Azraq tools discovery shows how long-extinct ancestors fed themselves

Tools bolster belief they were used by hominids to kill and butcher animals

Dr Nowell's analysis of the tools stained with animal residue, which were found at a shrinking oasis near Azraq, Jordan, was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science this week.


THE watering hole would have glimmered in the scorching desert heat, drawing parched creatures from kilometres around. Wild horses and rhinoceros lapped at the pool's edge; migrating ducks paddled across its surface. Just out of sight, the hunters lay in wait.