Re: Intelligent Dinosaur Paleo Civilization?

Ethan Vishniac (
15 Jun 1995 14:21:08 GMT

Barry Mennen <> wrote:
>Why oh why do anthropologists continue to refer to all stone fossil
>artifacts as "tools"? Would we refer to knives, guns, spears, &etc. as
>"tools"? IMHO it would appear as a more honest take on all this to (at
>least) _occassionally_ say "tools and weapons."

You shouldn't blame anthropologists for anything *I* say.

However, weapons *are* tools. They are tools for killing
animals and/or people. These tasks can be done with one's
bare hands, but I've been told that it's a lot more convenient
to use the appropriate tools.

"Quis tamen tale studium, quo ad primam omnium rerum causam evehimur,
tamquam inutile aut contemnendum detractare ac deprimere ausit?"-Bridel

Ethan T. Vishniac
Dept. of Astronomy also Associate Professor of Astrophysiology
The University of Texas G.G. Simpson Hereditable Chair of Evilution
Austin, Texas, 78712 University of Ediacara `Knowledge, Wisdom, Beer'