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People thrived despite supervolcano eruption 74,000 years ago: study

excavations at Vleesbaai that are being conducting right now, looking toward Pinnacle Point where PP5-6 is located.
Excavation at the study site in Vleesbaai, South Africa. Photo: Curtis W. Marean/Institute of Human Origins

Archaeologists say they've made a discovery that suggests humans were able to thrive 74,000 years ago despite the largest supervolcano to erupt in the past 2 million years, in a study published in Nature Monday.

"We found the shards in a rock shelter where people lived and cooked their food and slept, but also at an open air site where they were collecting raw materials and making tools. Thus we can say with great confidence that we see two ends of the daily lives of the same social group.  This is a Holy Grail result for geochronology."
— Curtis Marean, study author from Arizona State University, tells Axios

Yes, but: There continues to be some controversy about both the overall climate impact of the Toba supervolcano on Sumatra, Indonesia, and what these discoveries of volcanic shards 5,600 miles away in South Africa mean.