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September 28, 2023

Simple log structure may be the oldest example of early humans building with wood— 476,000 years ago

AP Science Writer

NEW YORK — Researchers have uncovered a simple structure from the Stone Age that may be the oldest evidence yet of early humans building with wood.

The construction is basic: a pair of overlapping logs, fitted together with a notch. It's nearly half a million years old and provides a rare look at how ancient human relatives were working with wood and changing their environments, authors wrote in a study published earlier this month in Nature.

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