Re: Old Tools

Michael Lorrey (
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 19:32:39 -0500

Robin Hanson wrote:
> My Thursday LA Times says the that Feb 27 Nature reports someone found
> "perfectly preserved 400,000 year old wooden spears"! If true, this
> suggests there is a bigger gap than we thought beteen creatures able
> to make advanced tools and us, highlighting the mystery: Just what
> *did* happen to humans in the last 50,000 years?

It's good to hear that my arguments of a few months back were not in
vain. Also, having such old tools makes the gap between us and them much
smaller, not bigger. What they probably did not have was a stable enough
community to allow for even tribalism, which would work to develop a
verbal community history, helping to preserve acquired knowledge.


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