I’ve long believed that rafts or boats of some sort were our earliest technology after stone tools.
It just doesn’t take a huge leap of intelligence to figure out that you can float on some logs. Intentional directed water travel takes a much higher level of intelligence but we are unsure of when that started as well.
A rock rolling down a hill is still a wheel.
Spears, straw huts....whatever...man can be lazy or hard working and creative. It's all about needs and desires.
And it is just another small leap to figure out that you can propel yourself faster with a paddle of some sort-or to watch how a high wind catches an animal skin hung/laid out to cure, and make the obvious connection there. God did not make us stupid creatures...
The tools probably came from the survivors of a Neanderthal Italian cruise ship grounding.
I wholeheartedly agree. I’d add that I think this is one of those ideas which came about as a result of teenaged boys hanging around, daring one another, and showing off.
The earliest known use of some sort of watercraft was about 800K ago, off of SE Asia, but there’s really no way (until someone figures out time travel) to know how far back it goes from there.
Why is it that these guys never seem to take into account the fact that sea level was as much as 400 feet lower than it is now at various times? Also that in some periods the Mediterranean was sometimes two vast lakes, and at others had dried up completely. They could have walked or swam with some of these states. Anybody have some good mappings of those old periods. I read that there are salt deposits on the floor of the Med. that are 1,000 feet thick.