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From Haaretz, Archaeology Division
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/202 ... c58133fdd8
Hominins Were Sailing the Mediterranean Half a Million Years Ago, Study Finds
The Aegean Islands have been isolated for over 450,000 years, yet evidence of activity, possibly by multiple species of early humans, is all over the place
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