How smart were our fire-taming ancestors?

The discovery of fire was a key moment in the human prehistory. With fire our ancestors would’ve been able to cook food, making digestion more efficient. The benefits of this are so great that we’ve now become dependent on cooking food and people who’ve attempted to live of raw food alone have suffered from chronic…

Our ancestors didn’t innovate – Misguided Mondays

It’s a common creationist mantra that with the same evidence you can arrive at very different conclusions based on the “assumptions” through which you interpret the evidence. The unstated conclusion is that this means creationists and scientists are working from the same evidence and are thus equally valid. This is the tack taken by a…

Did Australopithecus make stone tools?

The first stone tools manufactured by our ancestors were part of the Oldowan industry. This toolkit consists of small sharp flakes which could be used for a wide range of cutting tasks. These were created by hitting a core with a hammerstone, smashing off the aforementioned flake. The core itself could also be shaped by…