"Analyzing the flashiest classiest objects recovered at ancient sites but now they're giving a second look at the waist and finding that it to tells tales about a culture for example eight thousand year old poop oop recently revealed parasitic infections among people who lived in settlements versus their hunter gatherer counterparts and now archaeologists have examined another overlooked artifact small stone flakes typically thought to be byproducts from the production of tools like hand axes and cleavers it was not easy to convince us at the community music venue to study these items because they were regarded as just as whites run by an archaeologist at Tel Aviv University his team studied two hundred eighty three stone flakes flakes found in Israel at a site inhabited by our homo erectus relatives half a million years ago they found evidence of use like small fractures along the edges of the inch long on flakes but they also discovered bits of bone and flesh still sticking to the tiny blades flesh. That could have come from elephants. The big mammals were much more widespread back back then and were a prominent source of protein for early humans in that area the team then tested replicas of the flakes to butcher wild boars and deer and sheep and they concluded that such tools would have been really useful to ancient hunters for skinning hides filleting meat and scraping every bit of nutrition out of an animal details and photos of the small scalpels apples are in the journal scientific reports. Barkai also says the tiny flakes suggests these people were more sophisticated than they get credit for was known existent instant at the time so they had to everything by themselves and the fact that they survived and thrived for hundreds of thousands of years tells me that they were highly capable highly intelligent. I'm sure that there were no less intelligent than any smells there. We wouldn't be here."