Re: Man in China 2.4 million years ago?

Glenn R. Morton (
Sun, 15 Nov 1998 14:33:00 -0600

At 01:29 PM 11/15/98 -0600, John P. McKiness wrote:
>I would agree with you that hand axes and more advanced tools will usually
>display the features you described, yes I have made and used stone tools and
>studied lithics, but not all do and in many cases it is the context the
>artifact is found in that determines whether it is a tool. Pebble tools,
>rough scrapers, and used flakes are common exceptions even in more
>"advanced" tool kits.

I would agree with you also. The Oldowan tools are much more difficult to
determine as tools which is why there was such an argument about them.
Flakes, if retouched, are easy to recognize but if unretouched, they too
are difficult.

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