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Ancient Weapons Point to First Use of Fire for Tools?

  • 18-08-2009 1:43am
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    72,000 year old evidence uncovered in South Africa suggests that early humans first used fire in the creation of tools some 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. This means that early humans were far more advanced than they are usually given credit for.
    the new finds suggest that people in what is now South Africa discovered that heating a stone called silcrete would make it easier to flake, allowing them to shape more advanced blades, knives, and other tools.

    These early engineers likely used some of these tools, mounted on handles, to hunt and butcher wide range of prey, from the aggressive Cape buffalo to the tiny mole rat, according to the authors of the study, to be published tomorrow in the journal Science

    Full article here.