Is the handle better than fire and the wheel?

There is always going to be a debate as to which of mankind’s early inventions was the best. The best for what? And maybe you need all of them anyway. The intriguing thing about this recent piece of research is that few people think of the importance of the handle. Controlling fire in order to cook, for example, and thereby increase nutrition often comes up. The wheel, too, often comes up. But the handle? Yet, it looks as if the handle was invented some 500,000 years before the wheel. And it gave rise to much better tools, yielding better efficiency, killing power and hygiene. They must have been pretty smart two million years ago.

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