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How ancient humans used tools to make paint

The kits used by humans 100,000 years ago to make paint have been found at the famous archaeological site of Blombos Cave in South Africa.

The hoard included red and yellow pigments, the shell containers for mixing and storage, and a range of grinding cobbles and bone spatulas; everything the ancient artist would need in their workshop.

Writing in the journal Science, the researchers say the findings are proof of our early ancestors' complexity of thought.

Prof Christopher Henshilwood from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, explained what his team had found and how the tools were used.

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