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Humans used stone-tip spears 500,000 years ago

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Human ancestors used stone-tipped weapons for hunting 500,000 years ago, about 200,000 years earlier than previously thought.

“This changes the way we think about early human adaptations and capacities before the origin of our own species,” says Jayne Wilkins, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Toronto.

Above, the photo shows examples of experimental hafted points. Points were hafted to wooden dowels using Acacia resin and sinew and then thrust into a springbok carcass target using a calibrated crossbow.

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Photo credit: Jayne Wilkins

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