One of the pillars of human technology is the creation of stone tools. However, a new study reveals that human beings are not the only creatures on Earth that could yield this tool. Archeologists in Brazil reveals that bearded capuchin monkeys make these tools too.
For the first time outside Asia and Africa, archaeologists have discovered that the capuchin monkeys in Brazil have used stone tools, such as hammers and anvils, for 700 years.
An innovative use of tool-making was recently observed in a captive population of greater vasa parrots. It turns out these resourceful birds make tools to grind seashells into nutritious calcium powder.
The citizen-science website FossilFinder.org, started by a university and an institute and featuring thousands of images of Kenya's Lake Turkana Basin, is a place where you too can find and help ID ancient bits. Stone tools and hominid info have been found in the basin in the past. Researchers go there in February, to follow up the photo finds.
While bonobos are often regarded as a less sophisticated species than their close chimpanzee relatives, researchers have documented for the first time that the animals are actually able to create stone tools and weapons like chimpanzees and early humans did.
Fossils excavated from the Rising Star cave in South Africa were identified as a new species of human ancestors. The researchers note that this new species has a lot in common with modern humans.
Scientists recently took a closer look at early human shoulder blades, comparing them with those of apes. Their discovery sheds light on what our common ancestor looked like and how sophisticated tools shaped our evolution.
A stone tool excavated from a cave in Italy still bore flakes of what might have been a prehistoric breakfast.
Thousands of stone tools from the early Upper Paleolithic were recently unearthed from a cave in Jordan, and now they are shedding light on the dawn of the division of labor among early humans.
Stone tools recently discovered in the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya are the oldest yet discovered, dating back 3.3 million years, and now they are challenging our long-held notion of early human history.
So what happened to the Neanderthals? That's been a question on a lot of experts' minds ever since it was first determined that the human-like sub-species vanished from the face of the Earth some 40,000 years ago. One popular theory was that near-modern humans simply bullied them into extinction with a superior intellect, ingenuity, and weapon-craft. Now, experts have found strong evidence that strongly disputes that claim.
At a Lower Paleolithic site in Israel, researchers discovered ancient stone tools that are revealing prehistoric man's taste for meat, according to a new study.
It's an archaeologists dream come true: A new intensive study of a massive outcrop of sandstone in the middle of the Saharan desert has revealed that it is covered in ancient stone tools, with an average of 75 distinct tools per square meter.
It turns out that early human ancestors were just as handy as we are today, using human-like hand postures much earlier than scientists previously thought, a new study shows.
Ancient stone tools used by our hominin ancestors in the African savanna, aside from being excellent slicers of hunted game animals like zebra and gazelle, also sparked the evolution of human language and teaching, according to a new study.