Archaeologists have found the oldest home in hominin history. Unsurprisingly, it is a cave: Wonderwerk Cave in the Kalahari Desert. Astonishingly, it has been occupied more or less continuously for two million years. Through most of that time, modern humans didn’t even exist.
In Wonderwerk Cave, archaeologists have found evidence that archaic humans lived inside the cave around 2 million years ago, the earliest-ever use of fire at a million years and earliest hand axes at over a million years, report Ron Shaar, Ari Matmon, Liora Kolska Horwitz, Yael Ebert and Michael Chazan in Quaternary Science Reviews.