Making silent stones speak : human evolution and the dawn of technology

by Kathy Diane Schick

Paper Book, 1994



Call number

GN799.T6 S35


New York : Simon & Schuster, 1994.


In this dramatic reconstruction of the daily lives of the earliest tool-making humans, two leading anthropologists reveal how the first technologies-- stone, wood, and bone tools-- forever changed the course of human evolution. Drawing on two decades of fieldwork around the world, authors Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth take readers on an eye-opening journey into humankind's distant past-- traveling from the savannahs of East Africa to the plains of northern China and the mountains of New Guinea-- offering a behind-the-scenes look at the discovery, excavation, and interpretation of early prehistoric sites. Based on the authors' unique mix of archaeology and practical experiments, ranging from making their own stone tools to theorizing about the origins of human intelligence, "Making Silent Stones Speak" brings the latest ideas about human evolution to life.… (more)

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LibraryThing member gypsysmom
had never really thought about how stone tools were made before reading this book. The authors not only examined stone tools from the beginning of hominids' use to quite recent use by people in remote islands of New Guinea but they made and used stone tools themselves. They make the case, very persuasively, that stone tools were the first technology. They suggest that making and using the tools drove hominids to expand their brains which lead to mutations bringing about modern man i.e. homo sapiens sapiens.

Along the way they talk about how archeologists and paleontologists work which I found very interesting. They also discuss some of the controversies and yet to be explained problems existent in paleontology at the time of writing (1993). I googled to see if some of these problems had been resolved since then but didn't find any breakthroughs. Schick and Toth are still working in this area in the Stone Age Institute they set up at Indiana University. It is obviously a labour of love for them.
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Physical description

351 p.; 24 cm


0671875388 / 9780671875381



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