It is believed that Homo habilis were the first hominids to create and use tools. These creatures lived in Africa about 1.5 million years ago. Homo habilis probably lived alongside Australopithecus. However, their larger bodies and brains would have given them a clear advantage.
Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.