Capuchin monkeys in Brazil use big stones to crush the shells of nuts they want to eat. An experiment in the field investigated how these monkeys prepare to use new, unfamiliar tools.
There's almost no place on earth that doesn't hold traces of humanity. But which routes did our ancestors follow first?
Ancient stone tools found in what is now Algeria show early humans likely spread across Africa more rapidly than first thought.
New discovery could be a game changer for archaeology.
A fresh look at museum artifacts fills in a gap in the Asian archaeological record and refutes the idea that an advanced technique was imported from the West by early modern humans.
They were looking to study rock art at a remote desert site but what they found showed people had been using the place almost since the first people arrived in Australia.
Conquer the globe? You bet we did – but when did it start? A new paper shows early humans made tools in China two million years ago.
Archaeologists have dug deeper at an old dig site on an Indonesian island, revealing more stone tools made by the ancient inhabitants of the place. But who they were remains a mystery.
New tools add to an emerging view of the past as a turbulent “Game of Thrones” style scenario, with distinct early human ancestors living in Eurasia before Homo sapiens arrived.
Bringing the past into a digital space creates so much more overt space for interpretation and different narratives.
We can't observe the brain activity of extinct human species. But we can observe modern brains doing the things that our distant ancestors did, looking for clues about how ancient brains worked.
Scientists are hoping that ancient stone tools found on a family farm in Kenya will add to a clearer picture of the first appearance, duration and variation of prehistoric technologies found so far.
New fossil finds show the first large-bodied inhabitants of an isolated Indonesian island evolved to Hobbit-size, but they always remembered how to make and use stone tools.
The discovery of the oldest modern human-like pinkie bone suggests that hands emerged very early in human evolution.
Stone tools have been integral to the way archaeologists have told the human story.
Discovery of 3.3m-year old stone tools in Kenya are the oldest-known manufactured artefacts.
Stone tools excavated in Kenya date back 3.3 million years – making them about a million years older than the oldest known fossils from our own hominid genus Homo. Who made and used these tools?