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08/31/2011 08:55 PM ID: 90707 Permalink   

Human Ancestors Used Refined Tools Earlier Than Previously Thought


A team of researchers from the U.S. and France have discovered hand axes, cleavers and picks in Kenya that date back further than the oldest previously discovered tools. They were used by Homo Erectus about 1.76 million years ago.

Similar stone-age tools discovered in Ethiopia and Tanzania are estimated to be 1.4 to 1.6 million years old. The implication is that Homo Erectus had acquired the ability to plan and manufacture refined tools earlier than previously thought.

The simplest stone tools were made by bashing rocks together, but the newly discovered tools "required a good deal of forethought as well as dexterity to manufacture," said a scientist who was not involved in the discovery.

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  Uh, huh huh huh....  
you said homo and erectus.
  by: silencedmajority   09/01/2011 05:38 AM     
  Evolution or Creationism  
Either way ancient man and civilizations were a helluva lot smarter than they have been given credit for.
  by: moxpearl   09/01/2011 02:52 PM     
there are many artifacts out there that is not talked about. some are as old as 150 million years old

check this out

[ edited by smgordon1259 ]
  by: smgordon1259   09/01/2011 05:41 PM     
Dude, no.
  by: Ben_Reilly     09/01/2011 06:10 PM     
  oh gordon....  
The propaganda is so thick, the greatest dream of any archaeologist is to discover something that turns everything on its ass. If i did not know any better i would think they are speaking of a religious mentality in the video.
  by: reasonableatheist   09/01/2011 07:43 PM     
yes just like they picked and chose which stories to put in the bible, tossing out stories that did not fit their agenda
  by: smgordon1259   09/02/2011 07:02 PM     
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