What Makes Us Different From Other Animals?

We often wonder, what might have made us different from other animals?
Now, there are many answers. And all answers would be speculative only. Because none of us were there. Also, many factors must have contributed to the great de-route that we took from the animal kingdom.

But, one of those reasons, may be the most prominent reasons would be the usage of tools. We human beings started using stone tools. Basic stone tools. Even the one in the picture above is million years advanced in comparison to those flintstone hand-axes. Those were just sharp-edged flint stones.

We are not alone to use the tools in the animal kingdom. Some other animals like Chimpanzees are also seen using 'tools'. Very basic ones. Like using a tree branch to get the termite out of the holes.

So, the real difference between human beings and other animals will be this: We use tools to create other tools. These tools have extended our senses. Added strength to our endeavours. Helped us use the forces of nature to our advantage.

The use of tools must have fired new neuron connections in our primitive mind. It must have expanded our imagination. These primitive stone tools took us here...in this age of wireless connectivity, mighty machines and the whole new world of quantum machines!


Puneet Bhatnagar is a business innovator, creativity and innovation coach. He is a columnist and author who writes on creativity and innovation. He has trained 1000's of people from all walks from life--From CEOs, CFOs, R&D experts, Engineers, Marketing and Advertising experts, News editors...And combat fighters too!

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