Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Bamboo

Rapidly growing, fibrous, and extremely strong (by mass) tubular grass indigenous to Asia. Researchers have shown that the natural distribution of bamboo (before it was transported worldwide by colonials) coincides closely with the distribution of the simple non-Acheulean chopper and flake tool distributions of Middle Pleistocene Asian hominids. This has been invoked to explain the lack of need to develop more complex tools in Asia during the Pleistocene.

See nonlithic model.

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