Someone pointed me towards a physorg article published today regarding ancient navigational practices. Humans have been sailing the seas for tens of thousands of years. There is even evidence that Polynesians crossed the Pacific to the coast of Chile between 1100 and 1300 AD. The art of sailing across the sea is well over 30,000 years old.
Wait, scratch that. According to the article, it’s really over 130,000 years old. Holy cow! That’s before we were even recognized as fully behaviorally functional humans. We were just then spreading out of Africa. That’s even 60,000 years before the infamous Toba Catastrophe.
If this is true we’ve vastly underestimated the navigational capacity and intelligence of ancient humans. I personally can’t wait to hear more.