Would you like a septum tusk from kangaroo-bone?

It appears that some of our earliest ancestors may have taken a shine to kangaroo-bone for their personal adornment.

The recently uncovered 13cm-long bone is believed to have been for personal adornment rather than a tool due to comparison between other, similar artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Red ochre colouring, scrape marks, and wear on the object show considerable similarities to other, more modern nose bones.

While not the oldest piece of jewellery, this discovery is important as it indicates that the Indigenous Australians did not lose their tool making skills when they traveled from Africa, as previously thought.

Original article HERE

Featured image courtesy of the National Archives of Australia (as published in the original article).

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