This quartzite hand axe was made and used by early humans of the primitive species Homo erectus (ergaster). It was surface-collected from an exposed Acheulian site in the Sahara Desert of North Africa. This Lower Paleolithic tool represents the first intelligent design type known to science that was made by primitive humans. Prior to these Saharan Acheulian handaxes, only crude pebble and flake tools existed in the human fossil record.
This is a fine example of a bifacial Acheulian hand axe. It is made to fit well in the right hand and features an original, AS MADE sharp tip and places that were flaked for a better grip. The entire axe is "as made" with an intact and undamaged form in classical Lower Paleolithic typology. What look like cracks in the rock are not damage or age cracks but are natural fissures in the stone that existed PRIOR to this hand axe even being made in prehistory
During the time of this axe, there were large elephant species and giraffe species in Africa that primitive humans would have hunted. An axe like this was necessary to butcher such large kills. Tip and edges are intact. Tip is not broken from recent damage or mishandling and is in perfect original form.