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Bone Tools

Early humans make bone tools

Experiments and microscopic studies show that early humans used the ends of these bone tools to dig in termite mounds. Through repeated use, the ends became rounded and polished. Termites are rich in protein and would have been a nutritious source of food for Paranthropus robustus.

Five Bone Tools, Swartkrans, South Africa
Image Credit: Jim Di Loreto and Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution
Bone Tools
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Site: Swartkrans, Republic of South Africa
Page last updated: February 9, 2016