Eastern chimps have different cultures and are philopatric, so looking for the last male common ancestor (known as Y-Chromosomal Adam) can tell us how long it has been since their cultures arose.
Archaeological techniques have been applied to chimps, revealing that they’ve been cracking nuts at the same site for 4,300 years
Attaching stone points to spears was a key moment in human evolution. A recent discovery suggests tips were first used on stone thrown spears 280,000 years ago; but there is even older evidence of stone tipped spears.
Savannah chimps (who use spears to hunt bush babies) have been found taking refuge in caves during the hottest period of the year
Chimps are evil; and have confirmed this yet again by figuring out how to use spears to hunt other primates
The use of stone tools is something that once separated our ancestors from chimps…until now!
As humans migrated into Europe Neanderthals appear to have copied a lot of their technology. Now evidence of a tool independently invented by Neanderthals has been found, and it appears to predate its creation by humans. Perhaps we copied them!
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…
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…
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…