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May 20 2013

Early humans were using sophisticated stone-tipped spears at least 90,000 years ago

A study has discovered that early humans began hurling stone-tipped spears and darts at large prey at least 90,000 years ago.

There has been debate surrounding the precise date that early man began to use stone-tipped spears - with some experts suggesting their use as far back as 500,000 years ago - but until now, evidence to prove theories had been lacking.

The throwing of spears was an important development because by throwing instead of thrusting, humans could hunt buffalo and other game from a safer distance, and with less risk of mauling.

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