Butchered Animal Bones from Gona, Ethiopia

Eating meat from large animals

Stone tool marks on this extinct zebra ankle bone fossil look like those made during butchery experiments. Scientists have made experimental stone tools and used them to butcher modern animals. There is a strong similarity between the marks their tools made and the marks on fossil animal bones, indicating that early humans used stone tools to butcher animals by this time.

Cut-marked Fossil Zebra Bone OG56-1 Gona, Ethiopia
Butchered Animal Bones from Gona, Ethiopia
Exhibit item
Date of discovery: 
2000
Discovered by: 
A team led by Michael J. Rogers
Age: 
About 2.6 million years old
Site: 
Gona, Ethiopia