Clovis only made stone tools for about 300 years

The Clovis, some of North America's oldest inhabitants, probably only made stone tools for about 300 years, new research shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 23, 2020 ~5 min

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Turbulent environment set the stage for leaps in human evolution and technology 320,000 years ago

A new environmental record for a prehistoric site in Kenya helped researchers figure out how external conditions influenced which of our ancient ancestors lived there, with what way of life.

Richard Potts, Director of the Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~11 min

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Boxgrove: how we found Europe's oldest bone tools – and what we learned about their makers

The Boxgrove people, like all other human species, were capable of sharing time, care and knowledge in all parts of their life.

Matt Pope, Principal Research Associate, UCL • conversation
Aug. 12, 2020 ~6 min

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Do stone tools put humans in America 30K years ago?

Researchers say DNA from stone tools from in a Mexican cave suggests humans first arrived in America about 15,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

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New Stonehenge discovery: how we found a prehistoric monument hidden in data

Archaeologists reveal two-kilometre ring of pits around the neolithic Durrington Walls by studying old geophysical surveys.

Chris Gaffney, Senior Lecturer in Archaeological Geophysics, University of Bradford • conversation
June 26, 2020 ~7 min

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‘Modern’ tools weren’t from Neanderthals, after all

Scientists thought Neanderthals might have created tools from a cave in what's now Bulgaria, but new research shows Homo sapiens may deserve credit.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Tiny skull and stone tools hint at Homo erectus diversity

The small Homo erectus cranium and diverse stone tools suggest our ancestors were more varied, both physically and behaviorally, than previously known.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~8 min

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Ancient ‘gum’ reveals 5,000-year-old DNA

Researchers have extracted a whole human genome from 5,700-year-old "chewing gum." It could mark a new untapped source of ancient DNA.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~5 min

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How humans’ sense of ‘intuitive physics’ touches fictional worlds

A Harvard study is exploring the way humans’ sense of “intuitive physics” of the real world leaves fingerprints on the fictional universes we create.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Nov. 14, 2019 ~8 min

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Are really tiny tools what make humans special?

The tiny stone tools of our prehistoric ancestors were like the disposable razor blades or paperclips of today—pervasive, easy to make, and easily replaced.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
March 19, 2019 ~11 min

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