ham·​mer·​stone | \ ˈha-mər-ˌstōn \

Definition of hammerstone

: a prehistoric hammering implement consisting of a rounded stone

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The team also provided experimental evidence that hammerstones and anvils make similar fracture patterns in fresh elephant bones, suggesting by analogy that such a process could have been at work at the Cerutti site. National Geographic, "Humans in California 130,000 Years Ago? Get the Facts," 26 Apr. 2017 The cobbles that served as hammerstones and anvils, then, could not have entered the layer by natural means. Alan Burdick, The New Yorker, "Did Humans Arrive in America a Hundred Thousand Years Earlier Than We Thought?," 26 Apr. 2017

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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