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from left to right: Australopithecus, Early Homo erectus (Java Man), Late Homo erectus (Peking Man), Homo heidelbergensis (Rhodesian Man), Homo neanderthalensis (Neanderthals) and Early Homo sapiens (Cro-Magnons)

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Hunters Used Stone-Tipped Spears 500,000 Years Ago

When Stone Met Stick To Ease Hunters’ Work... Human ancestors were using stone-tipped spears to hunt 500,000 years ago, 200,000 years earlier than previously thought. A new study reports that the stone tips, found in South Africa, were probably once attached to wooden spears and then hurled at animals by hominins of the species Homo heidelbergensis.