Human ancestors threw stone-tipped spears at prey

African finds indicate people weren’t first to hurl weapons from a distance

FLIGHT TIP  Damage on the edge of a stone point dating to between 279,000 and 260,000 years ago at Ethiopia’s Gademotta site indicates that the point was part of a spear thrown at animals. The red area is a temporary labeling stain.

Y. Sahle/PLOS ONE 2013

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