Making silent stones speak : human evolution and the dawn of technology

by Schick, Kathy Diane.

Format: Print Book 1993
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In this dramatic reconstruction of the daily lives of the earliest tool-making humans, two leading anthropologists reveal how the first technologies-- stone, wood, and bone tools-- forever changed the course of human evolution.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Anthropologists Schick and Toth conjure up vivid images of Stone Age life as they describe the first humanoid toolmakers and their crude but effective creations. Their fascination with the invention of tools is inspired by their belief in the essential role technology has played in our biological and behavioral evolution as well as the shaping of civilizations. They describe how the observation of primate behavior and study of the cultures of people still living pre-Industrial Revolution lives in places like New Guinea have helped anthropologists and archaeologists figure out exactly how Stone Age artifacts were made, but experimentation proved to be the key. Schick and Toth are members of a select group that has spent years out in the field studying Paleolithic sites and practicing the techniques our ancestors developed for making and using stone implements. These reenactments revealed not only the processes for making the earliest tools, but also how these tools were used for nutcracking, digging, animal butchery (even on creatures as huge as elephants), and woodworking. A cogent account of the tool-making impulse that separated us from the rest of the animal world and continues to drive us to new heights of inventivenss. ~--Donna Seaman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "``Tools are us,'' assert the authors, anthropologists at Indiana University, referring to the pivotal role that tool making and tool use played in transforming apelike hominids into modern humans. In East Africa, Schick and Toth learned to duplicate and use Stone Age-like tools for woodworking, animal butchery and other tasks. Drawing on this experimental fieldwork and on the fossil record, they conclude that approximately two million years ago, early hominids turned to flaked stone tools as part of a decisive adaptive shift stressing deliberate planning and manipulation of the environment. This development, they argue, set in motion a ``circular feedback loop,'' with advantageous tool use favoring a large brain to plan even more tool use, which in turn fostered social interaction and intelligence. Illustrated with 100 photographs and drawings, this lucid primer is an exciting exploration of the world's most ancient technologies, of human origins and of controversies in paleoanthropology. BOMC, QPB and History Book Club alternates. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Tools, Prehistoric.
Stone age.
Tool use in animals.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,1993
Contributors Toth, Nicholas Patrick.
Language English
Description 351 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [325]-334) and index.
ISBN 0671693719 :
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