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Capuchin rock smashers' inadvertently sharpened debris also raises questions about how hominids started making tools in the first place.
In this respect, the feeding behavior of this animal resembles that of later African hominids from about 4 million years ago, such as australopithecids like 'Lucy'.
Motherese may have been a secondary use for an emerging language ability in hominids.
Clearly Peking Man was making and using tools in the cave, so at least for a time this hominid had the upper hand over the hyenas.
This book is also about technological innovation, and how tool using and tool shaping emerged among hominids.
Remains of a second hominid of the same size and stature has been dated to 74,000 years ago.
An international team of researchers said it has found the oldest fossil of a hominid in Chad, estimated to be seven million years old.
Christened 'Toumai' by scientists, the creature - thought to be male - lived three million years before the known appearance of any other hominids.
It is only in the last 40 years that East Africa has been pinpointed as the most likely location for the transition from apes to hominids.
In an interview, Susman said the skeleton discovery was ``very, very fascinating and extremely important'' because it seemed to ``hammer home the idea that these early hominids had small body sizes and were climbing trees if they got in a jam and wanted to escape.
The earliest hominids were first identified by an Australian-born South African anthropologist, Raymond Arthur Dart (1893-1988), to whom a skull, rather human-looking except for its extraordinarily small size, was brought from a South African limestone quarry in 1924.