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Archaeologists at the University of California in Los Angeles found that Neanderthals were able to create a weapon to defeat enemies and prey in the distance. The discovery changes ideas about the technological development of palaeoanthropes that were previously unable to use sophisticated hunting techniques. About it reported in a press release on Phys.org.
The researchers studied sennenskoe spears — artifacts found in 1994-1998 in the mine in Teningen (Germany), whose age is 300 thousand years. They are the oldest weapons found in Europe. It is believed that they belonged to the Heidelberg man, the immediate predecessor of the Neanderthals.
The results of a study involving six athletes showed that Neanderthals could throw exact replicas of artifacts with high speed, killing the prey at a distance up to 20 meters.
According to experts, palaeoanthropes can use advanced for that time, hunting strategy, without encountering the enemy or prey at a dangerously close distance.
Earlier, in October 2018, it was reported that archaeologists from Texas A&M University (USA) found spearheads that are older than 15 thousand years. It’s the old weapons that were found in North America so far.
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