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The oldest weapons in the world

Archaeologists working in a coal mine in Germany have uncovered eight spear heads which date back 300,000 years, making them the oldest known weapons in the world.

Archeologists from the University of Tübingen have found eight extremely well-preserved spears – an astonishing 300,000 years old, making them the oldest known weapons anywhere. The spears and other artifacts as well as animal remains found at the site demonstrate that their users were highly skilled craftsmen and hunters, well adapted to their environment – with a capacity for abstract thought and complex planning comparable to our own. It is likely that they were members of the species homo heidelbergensis, although no human remains have yet been found at the site.

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Story: Physorg | Photo: University of Tübingen

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