This tale appeared in the September/October 2020 of Discover magazine as “An Athletic Evolution.” We hope you are going to subscribe to Discover and help support science journalism at a time when it is desired the most.
Archaeologist Annemieke Milks planned to exam the ballistic houses of some of the world’s oldest spears. Crafted by Neanderthals 300,000 yrs back, the picket artifacts measure about seven ft extended and resemble outsized broomsticks with sharpened suggestions. When identified in the 1990s at a site in Schöningen, Germany, they rested alongside the butchered stays of 35 horses. Seemingly, Neanderthals, armed with the spears,