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Numbers are a cognitive technology

Studies of a language without many words for numbers help to illustrate the way that language guides human thinking.

Dominoes with colorful dots
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What killing methods enabled Neandertals to hunt large prey animals?

A look at sites where ancient people killed many animals at once provides insight into their knowledge of the social behavior of prey animals.

Vague painting of Neandertals with bison
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Looking at the traces of wear on tools used by capuchin monkeys

Studying microscopic traces of wear on tools helps create a comparative body of data for early hominin use of tools.

A small capuchin monkey is holding a rock with one hand and using the other hand to hold a seed on a stone on the ground
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The earliest stone toolmakers had some technological sophistication

Several studies consider the stone flaking decisions necessary for Oldowan tool manufacture.