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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2020 8:40 p.m. PST

…Superior Stone Tools

"The prehistoric practice of using controlled fires to produce customized stone tools dates back 300,000 years, according to new research. The discovery affirms the cognitive and cultural sophistication of human species living at this time.

The baked flint tools, found at Qesem Cave in central Israel, are evidence that early hominins were capable of controlling the temperature of their fires and that they had stumbled upon an important survival skill, according to new research published today in Nature Human Behavior.

The heating of flint at low temperatures allowed for better control of flaking during knapping. Armed with this level of control, tool builders could cater their tools for specific cutting applications. The new paper was led by archaeologist Filipe Natalio from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel…"
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T Corret Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2020 2:12 a.m. PST

Uncontrolled heating leads to the flint exploding! Ask me how I know…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2020 11:31 a.m. PST

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