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Humans skilled anglers 42,000 years ago

Fish hooks and fishbones dating back 42,000 years found in a cave in East Timor suggest that humans were capable of skilled, deep-sea fishing 30,000 years earlier than previously thought, researchers in Australia and Japan said on Friday.
The artefacts -- nearly 39,000 fishbones and three fish hooks -- were found in a limestone cave in Jerimalai in East Timor, 50 metres above sea level, said Sue O'Connor from the Australian National University's department of archaeology and natural history.

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Australian scientists have found the world's first fish hooks in East Timor.

Today in the journal Science, they say the research shows people who crossed the open oceans to colonise Australia were also effective at deep-sea fishing.
The remains of pelagic fish such as tuna were 42,000 years old, pushing back the date for the earliest example of deep-sea fishing by 30,000 years.
The oldest broken hook was shown to be somewhere between 23,000 and 16,000 years old.

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Mankind has always liked to fish and now there's evidence the hunting skill goes back 42,000 years in Asia.
Archaeologist Sue O'Connor, based at the Australian National University in Canberra, says excavations in East Timor have uncovered strong evidence that high-level maritime skills existed long ago.
Professor O'Connor and her team examined artifacts at a site at Jerimalai, near the eastern tip of East Timor.

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Latitude: 8 23' 38.00" S, Longitude: 127 16' 6.00" E



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