Foraging Friday: digging sticks!

Here is your weekly dose of Foraging Friday, a list of what I’m pondering and exploring.

What i’m Creating:

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What i’m Researching:

“Although there is no evidence that australopiths ever made stone tools, items such as leaves, stems, wood and stones must have been modified into simple tools in much the same way as seen among chimpanzees.

Stone hammers, for example, can be used to crack hard fruits or nuts. Various nature facts have been employed by recent hunter-gatherers, among them sticks, stones, pebbles, shells, thorns, leaves, twigs, bones, porcupine quills and teeth, which would not be recognized as tools in the archaeological record (Oswalt, 1976).

One of the most important tools used by foragers is the simple digging stick. Since it was first deliberately sharpened, probably millions of years ago, the digging stick has probably remained unchanged until the present. It is more likely than not that australopiths used digging sticks to dig up roots and such tools have been used ever since (including today).”

-The Origin of Science, pg. 25, The Evolutionary Roots of Scientific Reasoning and its Implications for Citizen Science, Louis Liebenberg

Have a wonderful weekend, all.


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