164,000 BC

Archaeologists found 164,000-year old makeup in a South African cave. The makeup, consisting of 57 pieces of ground-up rock that would have been reddish- or pinkish-brown, is called one of three hallmarks of modern life found at the site, and is one of the earliest hints of modern living. Previously, scientists believed that humankind of this time period werent advanced enough for this type of behavior, believing that modern living began approximately 40,000 to 70,000 years ago.

1matthew waitesmith