View Full Version : Humans First Used Tools to Eat Meat 250,000 Years Ago

08-09-2016, 02:58 PM

A dig in the desert reveals crude technology dating back a quarter of a million years

Human beings had the brain and the thumbs down even before we were fully human, but when we actually started using tools was open to question. Now, a study in the Journal of Archaeological Science has found firm evidence that hominins used tools to butcher and prepare animals for eating as long as 250,000 years ago, or at least 50,000 years before the earliest modern humans appeared in Africa. That, in turn, may reveal a lot about all human development that followed.

08-11-2016, 03:13 PM
And that would be stone tools?

08-12-2016, 04:38 AM
Meat consumption, indeed, seems like a plausible driver of tool innovation in ancient man.

08-12-2016, 05:05 AM
Chimpanzees fashion sticks to eat termites. I can imagine austrolopithecines fashioned sticks to hold meat and ergaster to hold it over the fire. Surely "Handy Man" Habilis had some crude, wooden eating utensils. These sticks would leave no archeological trace, but they would still be tools.

08-22-2016, 02:12 AM
Hummingbirds are known to use a few tools of their own as well.