Stone tool

Stone tool

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Caption: Stone tool. Ancient palaeolithic stone hand axe from the hominid (early human) Acheulean culture. This multi-purpose tool is thought to have been used for a wide range of tasks, from butchering animals to carving wood. The tools of the Acheulean culture were advanced compared to other hominid tools of the time, and are thought to have been made by the early human species Homo erectus, and by early Homo sapiens peoples. Acheulean tools were manufactured over a period that lasted from 1.5 million to 200,000 years ago. This hand axe was found in the Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, Africa.

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