Homo erectus Hand Axe

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This oval, primitively napped hand axe gives an intimate look into the life of homo erectus from over 300,000 years ago. The Acheulean tool shapes perfectly into your hand and around your fingers, giving you an idea of what it might have been like to use a hand axe!

Homo Erectus Hand Axe
~ 300,000 years old
Morocco, North Africa 

The earliest occurrence of Homo erectus was roughly 2 million years ago, walked upright on two feet and is the ancestor to modern-day humans. It is believed H. erectus was more social than previous species, and one of the first to create and use fire, to make art, and travel by water. H. erectus produced Acheulean stone tool hand axes by removing flakes with various hammer stones. The tools were multi-purpose for uses like skinning and preparing pelts, digging, and cutting trees. 

 

Size: 5 x 2.75 x 1.19 inches

Weight: 11 oz.