The Handaxe, The Thunderstone, The Ouroboros

One of the earlier definitions of "humanity" is "a creature that uses tools." This is outdated, but it's still the one I first learned, and there's still something precise enough about it that we kind of recognize what it means. It implies more than just tools. A parent leans down and teaches their offspring the …

The Lomekwi Tools, and How We Maybe Almost Were Not

For a long time, the earliest tool culture was assumed to be the Oldowan, dating to about 2.6 million years ago. History is always changing, we know very little of it, and what we do know will change, but we must try anyway. One must imagine Sisyphus happy as he asserts that some particular rock …

Preliminary Warning about Early Prehistory

Historical evidence is discovered constantly, old evidence is reinterpreted, etc. This makes writing anything definitively - especially as an outsider without access to the cutting edge - difficult. Still, many of these are small changes. That's not the same asĀ minor changeĀ - they often led to large changes in our view of history, even if they …