toolmaking

noun
tool·​mak·​ing | \ˈtül-ˌmā-kiŋ \

Definition of toolmaking 

: the action, process, or art of making tools also : the trade of a toolmaker

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Somehow, African and Indian hominins were developing the same toolmaking skills at roughly the same time. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Ancient tools found in India undermine the “out of Africa” hypothesis," 31 Jan. 2018 Many mental abilities once regarded as uniquely human — toolmaking, problem-solving, sophisticated communication, self-awareness — turn out to be far more widespread among animals than previously thought. Ferris Jabr, New York Times, "To Unlock the Brain’s Mysteries, Purée It," 14 Dec. 2017 These birds are renowned for their incredible problem-solving abilities and for their capacity to make and use complex tools, which rivals the big primate toolmaking skills. National Geographic, "Here's Why 'Birdbrain' Should Be a Compliment," 15 May 2016 Until then, it was assumed that toolmaking was exclusive to man. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Documentary brings Goodall’s story to vivid life in ‘Jane’," 21 Oct. 2017 Some scientists think these styles of toolmaking are passed down through each generation, which is a good definition of culture. National Geographic, "Here's Why 'Birdbrain' Should Be a Compliment," 15 May 2016 Some scientists think these styles of toolmaking are passed down through each generation, which is a good definition of culture. National Geographic, "Here's Why 'Birdbrain' Should Be a Compliment," 15 May 2016 These birds are renowned for their incredible problem-solving abilities and for their capacity to make and use complex tools, which rivals the big primate toolmaking skills. National Geographic, "Here's Why 'Birdbrain' Should Be a Compliment," 15 May 2016

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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