Appearance of Sophisticated Tool Kit

  • A shift from predominantly “rake” to “blade” stone tool technology

  • Increased variety and complexity of stone tools involving a higher degree of “imposed form”

  • Complex and extensively shaped bone, antler, and ivory artifacts

  • Increased regional diversification of tool forms

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Although primitive tools can be found in the fossil record for millions of years, the appearance of modern humans brought a sudden increase in complexity and design of these tools.

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  1. Clark, G.A. 1999. Highly visible, curiously intangible. Science 283: 2029-2032.
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