‘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

Tags: neanderthals science-and-technology early-humans stone-tools

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

Tags: fossils science-and-technology skulls stone-tools homo-erectus

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

Tags: stone hunting featured science-and-technology weapons hands stone-tools

Tools bust stereotypes about ancient Chinese innovation

Carved stone tools called Levallois cores challenge assumptions about where prehistoric innovation happened.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
Nov. 29, 2018 ~8 min

Tags: china archaeology society-and-culture stone-tools

These spear points may be North America’s oldest weapons

Spear points that are more than 15,000 years old shed new light on the earliest people to explore and settle North America.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 25, 2018 ~3 min

Tags: science-and-technology ancient-history weapons stone-tools

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