Making Tools

Humans aren’t the only species that are fond of tools. Non-human primates and other mammals, such as otters, use tools for achieving their goals. For the nut-cracking chimpanzees, the skills and mental capacity necessary for using tools as simple in design as two rocks are rather complicated.

Our lab consisted of creating stone tools (lithics) from chert and flint. We used direct percussion and indirect percussion methods to achieve this. We created projectile points, blades, and scrapers.

 

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