We are now accidentally making monkeys dumber

The use of stone tools is incredibly rare, so much so that it was once thought to be the exclusive domain of humans and our ancestors. Fellow apes like chimpanzees and baboons have since been proven to use stones as tools, but only a couple non-ape primates are known to do it. But now human encroachment might rob one… » 8/18/13 4:30pm 8/18/13 4:30pm

Humans were making spears half a million years ago

Well, it wasn't humans exactly. Probably our Homo heidelbergensis ancestors lashed the first sharpened rock to a large wooden pole. It looks like yet another technological milestone has been pushed back even further into the past, as new research suggests that early humans were making hafted spears and knives an… » 11/16/12 9:40am 11/16/12 9:40am

Now you can have knives just like Homo erectus used to make

Israeli designers Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow have combined the most ancient and modern of tools, taking stone blades and axes, and modifying them with modern techniques. This project, dubbed BC-AD, saw its most recent iteration at the 2012 Budapest Design Week, where the tools were shown off. Each lithic was… » 10/18/12 6:40am 10/18/12 6:40am