Technology

(LEFT) Joey Heck, collections manager, talks about Clovis artifacts Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Herrett Center for Arts & Science. (RIGHT) Miles Naylor, regional manager, demonstrates a fidget spinner Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at ToyTown.

DREW NASH, TIMES-NEWS

Technology separated by 13,000 years, photographed just hours apart.

Being a bit of a camera gear junkie, I've always found technology a fascinating subject. Having the opportunity to photograph (and handle) authentic Clovis points from the Early Paleoindian period was an amazing experience. I found taking pictures of fidget spinners only hours later a humorous task considering they are thousands of years more advanced than the aforementioned Clovis points. The plastics used and the bearings manufactured in such a tool would practically be magic for a human during the Clovis years.

Yet if humans from that time were to be planted in a classroom today, they should be able to do just as well as their modern peers. Humans advance through generations of life experience, and there have been quite a few of those over the past 13,000 years. 

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