The collection of pebbles found at the prehistoric site of Qesem cave, central Israel. Pavel Shrago

Useless but Shiny: Israeli Archaeologists Find 300,000-year-old Trove of Pretty Pebbles

Prehistoric hominins had a sense of beauty, going by mysterious collection of colorful pebbles found in Qesem cave that had no obvious function

Some of the stones are round and white, resembling bird eggs. Others are scarlet red like a living piece of flesh. Others yet are shiny and multicolored, crisscrossed by translucent mineral veins. The one...

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