You've heard to story. I'm here to give you a little context. A pretty typical early handaxe, made by a Homo erectus. This was a big flake made from a bigger rock. The big flake was subsequently flaked to make this handaxe. The word "handaxe" can be spelled about nine different ways. But in case you haven't heard the story, this is from the press release which is, so far, the only information generally available: New finds of fossils and stone tools from the archaeological site of Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, push back the origins of our species by one hundred thousand years and show that by…
This is a bit of the excellent documentary "The Human Spark" featuring my friend John Shea teaching Alan Alda how to be a good hominid. No actual animals were speared during this video.
tags: stone, Konza Prairie, Manhattan, Kansas, nature, Image of the Day Stone surrounded by mostly native vegetation with natural spring water flowing over it on the Konza Prairie, near Manhattan Kansas. March 2008. Image: GrrlScientist 2008. [larger view].