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Cell phones were invented twice during human evolution!

Although they themselves do not want to make this conclusion outright, Paleoanthropologists, from Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in Germany may have discovered that an early hominid species have beat the human invention of the cell phone by some 2 milion years!

2 million years is a long time in cell phone development and we contemplate how advanced cell phones may have been before the human species even walked from Africa to the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in Germany, where this amazing discovery was made.

An increase in thumb dexterity has been associated with the use of cell phones. Young people keep amazing older generations in how efficiently and quickly they can use the touch screen of the modern cell phone. Unfortunately this also leads to an increase in thumb and finger soreness. But it is still all worth it for that all important access to social media.

The brave Paleoanthropologists from Tübingen discovered an increase in thumb dexterity in an early hominid who roamed South Africa some 2 million years ago. An increase in hominid thumb dexterity is typically associated with the use of cell phones. Hence, indubitably these hominids were in fact using cell phones or their prehistory equivalent. Sources in the scientific community cautioned against making overreaching conclusions based on this data, but these hominids were probably using a model of cell phone similar to the Nokia 3310.

This famous phone used a keypad and is basically indestructible, which would have favoured the environmental conditions of that time and place. The absence of stone hand axes found in this region further strengthens this conclusion because the Nokia 3310 was virtually indestructible and these hominids probably used their phones as a multitool, negating the need for stone tools. Touch screens were probably not available because they are so much more sensitive to physical impacts than keypads.

Whether these early hominids used social media is unclear but sources in the scientific community were eager to communicate that software and apps do not fossilize and therefore it would be irresponsible to make any conclusion in this matter, but probably yes.


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