Archaeology: Ancient Homo erectus hand axe made of BONE found in East Africa

This evidence also suggests members of Homo erectus were surprisingly skilled in tool making.

The existence of such a sophisticated design is, therefore, proof ‘upright man’ was reasonably intelligent.

The archaeologists, however, remain unable to explain why the toolmaker had chosen to use bone instead of the much harder stone, despite the presence of stones on offer in the neighbourhood.

In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes finding the hand axe, their study of it and what they believe it represents.

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