Spears are the oldest completely preserved the weapon that was found in Europe.
An international team of scientists experimentally established that Neanderthals possessed the weapon that can kill the victim at a distance.
About the discovery reported on the website of the University College London (UCL). Scientists have refuted the hypothesis that Neanderthals were able to kill the prey only at very close distance. The study showed that they had advanced for its time, technology.
For analysis were taken ten copies of the wooden age of about 300 thousand years. They were found in the period from 1994 to 1999 in Germany, together with 16 thousand bones of ancient animals. These spears are the oldest completely preserved the weapon that was found in Europe.
To conduct an experiment helped professional athletes. They produced replicas of weapons of the Neanderthals – two spears weight 760 and 800 grams. The athletes took turns throwing them at the target.
The calculations showed that energy when throwing such a spear is enough to bruise the victim at a distance up to 20 meters. And the force of the blow enough to murder some animal species.
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