A new study suggests that ancestors of sea otters were already using tools millions of years ago. This means the species learned to use tool earlier than dolphins.
It has long been thought that Easter Island's early Rapa Nui civilization collapsed due to lack of a lack of resources that eventually led to war. This theory was based on war-like weaponry scattered across the island. A new study, however, disproves the theory, stating the artifacts are nothing more than tools.
New Caledonian crows were caught on camera for the first time making innovative hook foraging tools in the wild.
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.
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.
New Caledonian crows exhibit social learning, emulating each other in order to properly use tools made out of Pandanus leaves.
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.
It sounds like something straight out of Planet of the Apes, and could turn a great deal of what experts thought they knew about chimps on its head: chimps are using tools - like tiny spears - to hunt prey, and it's females who are often bearing these weapons of choice.
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.
Handling insect specimens can be maddening work for experts, especially since one wrong move could fold wings or crumple delicate exoskeletons that were painstakingly collected over years of field surveys. Now entomologists are turning to an unusual means for safe observation: custom LEGO contraptions.
Only does ecological opportunity, rather than necessity, prompt tool use among non-human primates, according to recent research.
You've likely seen the occasional video of chimpanzees poking around in ant hills with a stick or long reed, fishing for a tasty snack. Now researchers have determined that the tools used for this are actually carefully selected. "Any old stick" just won't do.