Who Made the Oldowan Tools? Fossil Evidence for Tool Behavior in Plio-Pleistocene Hominids

  title={Who Made the Oldowan Tools? Fossil Evidence for Tool Behavior in Plio-Pleistocene Hominids},
  author={Randall L. Susman},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  pages={129 - 151}
  • R. L. Susman
  • Published 1 July 1991
  • History
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
Paleoanthropologists, while expending great effort to recover archaeological evidence of early hominid activities in the Plio-Pleistocene of Africa, have devoted almost no attention to the question of which early hominid(s) authored the Oldowan Industrial Complex. Weak and indirect evidence has been adduced for the propositions that (1) Homo habilis alone made the first stone tools (even though Homo is not found at this early time) and (2) Paranthropus was not a toolmaker (mainly because it was… Expand
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