A paper in the November 16th issue of Science, “Evidence for Early Hafted Hunting Technology,” suggests that stone-tipped spears were used much earlier than previously thought. Reported in both Popular Archaeology and ScienceNews, the University of Toronto paper considers evidence from South Africa that suggests that stone-tipped spears were used between 500,000 and 200,000 years ago during the Middle Pleistocene by Home heidelbergensis, an ancestor to both Neanderthals and humans. This pushes back a major technological innovation to a much earlier time, and an earlier form of humans. The spears were thought to be hand-thrown, with the development of spear-throwers and other equipment to improve the speed and accuracy of spears being invented rather later.
November 16, 2012
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