Basic tools

Basic tools

2.6 million years ago

Early humans discovered the use of sharp stones early on in the Palaeolithic period and, after identifying their ability to cut and skewer, began artificially sharpening stones of their own accord and fashioning them into primitive weapons. This tool-making evolution enabled us to perform a wide array of tasks that before would have been impossible — or at least much more difficult -such as hunting, skinning animals and cutting wood. The earliest stone tools discovered to date are from 2.6 million years ago; they were unearthed in Ethiopia.