Early stone tools were not rocket science

One participant of the study – who was naive to stone tools as well as any of their production techniques – uses the so-called bipolar technique. The resulting tool is seen centrally in the lower right.
2.6 million years old (A) and 1.7 million years old stone tools and an example of a result of the current experiment with subjects without prior knowledge (artifact C).

Publication:

William D. Snyder, Jonathan S. Reeves & Claudio Tennie: Early knapping techniques do not necessitate cultural transmission. Science Advances, https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abo2894

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