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the carving in the picture is 1000 years older than the skull in your article. clearly showing a dedication to art. for art to flourish there needs to be a surplus of shelter, clothes, food and other people. in short, a civilization. have you read "clan of the cave bear" or any of the following books in the "children of the earth" series???
also. the earliest stone tools found by archeologists dates back around 2.6 million years ago when Homo Habilis used pebble stone choppers made out of round pebbles that had been split by a simple strike. back then they believed in a "great Mother" (i.e the earth) that provided everything they needed from caves for shelter to animals for fur and food. at least thats what our find indicate.