Closed Mondays

Teacher Talk

Tool Use by Our Early Ancestors

Penn Museum

Tuesday, Sep. 19, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Free to K12 Teachers

Flint knapping tours.

Check out our new Teacher Talk series, just in time for the beginning of school!

One of the defining moments of human evolution is the beginning of tool use, almost 3 million years ago, by our hominin ancestors. These tools began simply as sharp broken rocks to assist with daily tasks, and progressed to a kit of many forms of tools, each well-made and with specific uses.

As a species, we have become entirely reliant on tools in every aspect of our lives. This talk by Dr. George Leader will discuss early tool manufacturing and use, and include a demonstration of how human ancestors were ‘knapping’ tools.

  • Dinner Provided
  • Act 48 Credits Available
  • Parking Passes Available