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Sophisticated Blade Production Much Earlier Than Originally Thought
2011-10-17 09:21:47

Blade manufacturing "production lines" existed as much as 400,000 years ago, say TAU researchers.

2011-06-22 16:27:00

CINCINNATI, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For hunters that believe bigger is better, the company has released the new Havalon Baracuta-Blaze.

2011-04-11 08:00:00

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A dull utility blade on the job isn't going to cut it - literally - and it creates frustration, unwanted delays, and loss of productivity for tradesmen.

2010-11-04 13:43:44

Stone Age humans were only able to develop relatively advanced tools after their brains evolved a greater capacity for complex thought.

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2010-11-04 10:11:20

Was it the evolution of the hand, or of the brain, that enabled prehistoric toolmakers to make the leap from simple flakes of rock to a sophisticated hand axe?

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2010-10-29 07:04:00

Researchers have discovered the oldest evidence to date that prehistoric humans in southern Africa had mastered a complex, delicate process to sharpen stones into spears and knives at least 75,000 years ago, more than 50,000 years earlier than previously believed.

2010-07-29 16:57:52

What's a Stone Age axe doing in an Iron Age tomb?

2010-07-20 13:25:00

CINCINNATI, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- /Havalon Knives/ - Havalon Knives is proud to announce the official release of their "Quik-Change" fillet knife: the Havalon Baracuta. In 2005, Havalon Knives introduced the Piranta series of replaceable blade skinning knives.

2009-06-22 13:57:37

Archaeologists have used stone tools to answer many questions about human ancestors in both the distant and near past and now they are analyzing the origin of obsidian flakes to better understand how people settled and interacted in the inhospitable Kuril Islands.


Latest Lithics Reference Libraries

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2005-05-26 11:30:45

Chert is a fine-grained silica-rich cryptocrystalline sedimentary rock that may contain small fossils. It varies greatly in color from white to black, but most often manifests as gray, brown, grayish brown and light green to rusty red; its color is an expression of trace elements present in the rock, and both red and green are most often related to traces of iron (in its oxidized and reduced forms respectively). It outcrops as nodules in limestone, chalk, and dolostone formations as a...

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2005-05-25 18:55:31

Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. It has a hexagonal crystal structure made of trigonal crystallized silica (silicon dioxide, SiO2), with a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. Density is 2.6 g/cm³. The typical shape is a six-sided prism that ends in six-sided pyramids, although these are often distorted, or so massive that only part of the shape is apparent from a mined specimen. Additionally a bed is a common form, particularly for varieties such as amethyst,...

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Word of the Day
tapinage
  • The act of lurking; skulking about; hiding; keeping from sight.
The word 'tapinage' comes French 'se tapir' meaning 'to crouch, squat'.