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Ancient Eastern Africans hunted with poison-tipped arrows

A study of 13,000-year-old bone artifacts found in Tanzania have revealed that the hunters of the area were using poison-tipped arrows.

Their findings, published in the journal Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, showed that the bone projectile points are likely to have been used for poison arrows, partly due to the slender and short nature of the arrow heads, and partly supported by a previous discovery of charcoal from the Mkunazi plant, which is known to have poisonous fruit.

The use of poison-tipped arrows by a Stone Age man is thought to have stemmed from a lack of technology and stone-tipped arrows often lack the power to directly kill larger animals, such as zebra or buffalo.

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Story: Enrico de Lazaro, Sci News | Photo: Michelle C. Langley et al.

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