Kartic Godavarthy

Cogito, Ergo Sum

Surprising similarities in stone tools of early humans and monkeys

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT has published an interesting article on similarities between the stone tools used by macaques (a group of old world monkeys) in Thailand and those that were intentionally manufactured by early Hominins discovered in East Africa. (Lower Paleolithic)

“The ability to intentionally make sharp stone flakes is seen as a crucial point in the evolution of hominins, and understanding how and when this occurred is a huge question that is typically investigated through the study of past artefacts and fossils. Our study shows that stone tool production is not unique to humans and our ancestors,” says lead author Tomos Proffitt, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Here’s the link to the original article. Read on…


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i think, therefore i am.

Cogito, ergo sum is a Latin philosophical proposition by René Descartes usually translated into English as “I think, therefore I am”, probably the one thing that defines our specie.

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