Ancient humans may have risked their lives making stone tools TNA

Metin Eren from Kent State University demonstrates knapping flint to make stone tools

Injuries from stone tool making could have resulted in the death and death of ancient humans

Kent State University/American Antiquity/Michelle Bebber

Modern flint cutters who practice stone tool making injure themselves with surprising frequency. But injuries that today require stitches or a trip to the ER could have been a death sentence for a former stoneworker living in a time before modern medicine and antibiotics.

Some of the flint cutter injuries reported in a one-of-a-kind investigation may seem almost comical, with two people admitted to hitting their testicles and one person dropping a…

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