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 (ōl′də-wən, ôl′-)
Of or relating to an early stage of African Paleolithic tool culture characterized by choppers and bifacial chopping tools.

[After the Oldoway (Olduvai) Gorge.]
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We discovered that some of the stone flakes produced accidentally by these capuchin monkeys were very similar to Oldowan stone tools," (https://www.
In the fourth cognitive stage, Mode 1 tool making, the Oldowan chopper or pebble tool (2.
In addition, these pioneers possessed primitive stone tools such as cobble stone and flakes of Mode 1-type called Oldowan technology, as opposed to the well-developed ones the researchers expected.
Researchers have long thought that those cutting and digging implements, called Oldowan tools, were too advanced to have been the first stone tools.
Wood said he found it intriguing to see how different the tools are from so-called Oldowan stone tools, which up to now have been considered the oldest and most primitive.
Beginning around two million years ago, early stone tool-making humans, known scientifically as Oldowan hominin, started to exhibit a number of physiological and ecological adaptations that required greater daily energy expenditures, including an increase in brain and body size, heavier investment in their offspring and significant home-range expansion.
Known as the Oldowan industry, this basic technique for producing crude but advantageous devices eventually spread throughout much of Africa and Eurasia, continuing to be practiced in isolated areas as recently as 200,000 years ago.
However, this lacks perspective: African Oldowan hominins did the same thing, so did Homo floresiensis.
Webb seems unaware of the Oldowan industries of India as well as of the important second Narmada hominin, a pygmy; or that the chopping tool horizons of India have yielded rock-art at two sites.
This first volume of the series reports on palaeolithic evidence about humans from the famous Oldowan Gorge in Africa, but also demonstrates a number of approaches to interpreting the evidence, including experiments using modern humans and other apes.
Leakey introduced the term Oldowan, named after Olduvia, as a category for the first recognisable stone tool technology, and his finds helped to change scientific thinking about human evolution.