18th November 2019

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What did early humans use stone tools for?

Early humans in East Africa used hammerstones to strike stone cores and produce sharp flakes. For more than 2 million years, early humans used these tools to cut, pound, crush, and access new foods—including meat from large animals. Scientists have made experimental stone tools and used them to butcher modern animals.

So, when did people first use tools?

The earliest member of the genus Homo is Homo habilis which evolved around 2.8 million years ago. Homo habilis is the first species for which we have positive evidence of the use of stone tools. They developed the Oldowan lithic technology, named after the Olduvai Gorge in which the first specimens were found.

Where the oldest tools were found?

Lomekwi. Lomekwi is near the west bank of Lake Turkana, which is pictured in green on this satellite image. Lomekwi 3 is the name of an archaeological site in Kenya where ancient stone tools have been discovered dating to 3.3 million years ago, which make them the oldest ever found.
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