Scientists take hands-on approach to deciphering life in the Stone Age.
IU researcher Nicholas Toth (standing in front of a mock archaeological dig at the Stone Age Institute) believes in "getting archaeology out of the armchair." - Rob Goebel / The Star.
Using a needle several inches long, a hand surgeon slid wires into Nicholas Toth's and Kathy Schick's forearms and hands.
Then the two began chipping away, shaping simple stone tools the way that human ancestors did for millions of years. Signals began flowing along the wires in an experiment that helped to reveal which muscles are important in making tools.
Volunteering their bodies to figure that out is only one example of how far the husband-and-wife anthropologist team from Indiana University will go in their quest to understand the roots of humanity.
They are among the most prominent researchers in human evolution and Stone Age tool making ... Indystar.com