These 500,000-Year-Old Tools Still Contain Traces Of Animal Fat

Archaeologists working in Israel have made an extraordinary discovery — the earliest instance of Lower Paleolithic-Acheulian stone bifaces and scrapers with the residue of elephant fat still on them. It's considered an archaeological first. » 3/20/15 12:40pm 3/20/15 12:40pm

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

Stone tools shaped the evolution of our hands

Charles Darwin once speculated that the use of stone tools by our ancient ancestors had profoundly influenced the evolution of our hands. Now, 140 years later, we've discovered that, once again, Darwin knew exactly what he was talking about. » 3/07/11 1:20pm 3/07/11 1:20pm

New stone tool discovery suggests humans left Africa much earlier than…

Current genetic evidence says the ancestors of modern humans left Africa 60,000 years ago. But recently discovered stone tools in the Arabian peninsula and India suggest humans actually started exploring the world as much as 120,000 years ago. » 9/20/10 7:30am 9/20/10 7:30am