35,000 BC Inventions and Discoveries

Way back in prehistoric times, when man still looked more like apes, we already made huge strides when it came to discoveries and inventions. Though technological advancements was slow as compared to present standards, prehistoric man was still very impressive. Here are the most notable things discovered and invented 35,000 BC.

prehistoric drill

According to experts, the earliest drills were probably pointed stones that people spun between the palms of their hands. Later, sticks were spun like in the image shown above to make fire. Prehistoric man also discovered that they could spin the drill faster by wrapping a cord around it, tying the ends of the cord to a wooden bow, and pushing this back and forth. This bow drill was used in some parts of the world until recent times.

Engraving tool
prehistoric engraving tool

As long as 40,000 years ago, man has already been making delicate objects and works of art using stone engraving tools called burins. Made by forming a sharp edge on a flake of flint, a burin could be used to scratch lines and cut grooves in wood and bone. This allowed people to create more precise tools, such as needles, and to engrave decoration on larger objects. Yes, we were drawn to art even in prehistoric times.

Fish hook
fish hook

The earliest known method of catching a fish was using a piece of stone that was pointed at both ends, baited, and tied to a line. This gorge, as it is called, simply jammed in the fish’s throat. The first real fish hooks were developed by the earliest “modern” humans, the Cro- Magnons. They caught their fish using a barbed bone hook, one of the many small, specialized tools they made using the versatile burin that they had perfected.

Handles for tools
tool handles

Attaching a wooden handle to a blade may not sound like a breakthrough, but it was. People could not hit things very hard with a tool held in their hands because it hurt. Nor could they swing the tool very quickly because their arms were too short. Putting a handle, or haft, helped the early man overcome both these limitations, protecting their arms from impact and increasing the length of their swing. Hand axes could be used to clear away bushes, but axes with hafts could be used to chop down trees.

Spear thrower
spear thrower

By creeping along quietly, early hunters could often get close enough to an animal to throw a spear at it and kill it. But sometimes the animal would run away. What the hunters needed was a way of throwing spears from farther away. The spear thrower was a piece of wood or antler with a notch at one end to hold the spear. It enabled hunters to hurl their weapons farther and increased their chances of killing their prey.

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