JAVIER TRUEBA / MSF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JAVIER TRUEBA / MSF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Levallois stone tools and the tools used to make them. A hammer stone (upper right) was used to strike small flakes (lower left) from a core (centre left). The flakes were taken from the edges of the intended tool, so that when it was finally struck off the core, all its edges were sharp, as seen in the finished tools at lower right. The Levallois technique that was first used in the lower palaeolithic (stone age), but are most associated with the Mousterian tool-making done by Neanderthals between 300,000 and 30,000 years ago. The technique continued to be used by modern humans long after the Neanderthals died out, and was still in use in the upper Palaeolithic (up to around 10,000 years ago) and even later.
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