Incredible Inventions That Shaped Human History

One thing that separates humans from any other beings on Earth is the ability to manipulate nature and other surroundings to create things that make our lives easier and our species more likely to survive. This process of invention is one of the critical building blocks of humanity, with new and more complex creations becoming more common than ever before as technology progresses. From hitting rocks against each other to creating sharp edges to guiding rockets through space with computers, these are the greatest inventions in human history that have shaped the world as we know it.

Stone Tools Were The Start Of Everything

Stone hand axe
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DEA / A. DAGLI ORTI/De Agostini via Getty Images

During the dawn of mankind, stone tools were essentially the first invention ever made by humans. Some of the earliest forms of these tools discovered date back more than 2 million years and were most likely used by Homo habilis, an early ancestor of modern-day humans.

These simple, yet effective, tools are known as “choppers,” and weren’t much more than sharpened stones that were made by hitting two rocks together. These rudimentary tools were then used to cut, smash, crush, and saw other things. Without these, humans may have died off long ago.