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Osteodontokeratic

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Definition: The term osteodontokeratic was invented by the Australian archaeologist Raymond Dart, to describe the tool kit of our hominid ancestor Australopithecus africanus. Dart believed that Australopithecus built tools out of bone (osteo), teeth (donto) and horn (keratic), because a lot of broken animal bone had been found at the site Makapansgat, South Africa. Other research (such as that of C.K. Brain) has not found evidence supporting Dart's theory.

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This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.

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