The theory of art evolving 70,000 to 100,000 years ago is proved false after a mollusk shell with curved geometric engraving was found. This piece of art came to life some 540,000 years ago when our ancestors Homo Sapiens used a shark tooth to engrave something on a shell.
The engraving is regarded as the oldest piece of art that is scientifically calculated up to at least 300,000 years old. Older than any other art present on the planet. In addition to the shell, the shell tool was also found at the site. Both these findings took place at Java, Indonesia.
The newly found shell dismisses the theory about Homo erectus who was never thought to have such talents. It is now clear that the upright man was far more talented and sophisticated than we have ever thought.
The researchers after analysing the carving tool finds that this tool was used as a knife for cutting or scraping. The researchers have tried to analyse the carving for its meaning, but failed to find one.
According to researchers, the carving could have held some symbolic significance or the creator just made it just because he liked it. The real meaning still remains as a mystery.
After disproving the theory of the intellectual level of Homo erectus, the researchers are planning a follow-up studies study to find what other modern behaviours our ancestor was capable of performing.