Oldest stone-tipped spear made earlier than thought

11/16/2012 | New Scientist

Archaeologists discovered 500,000-year-old stone tips, each between 1.6- and 3.5-inches long, at Kathu Pan in South Africa, that possibly came from early spears. The unearthed stone points suggest that Homo heidelbergensis were the first human ancestors to use spears, not Homo sapiens or Neanderthals. "The spears are evidence for the deep accumulation of hunting behaviors in our lineage," University of Toronto's Jayne Wilkins said.

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