Photo: Ancient Spear Weapon OK'd For Deer Hunt in Pennsylvania



Stone Age hunters used the spear-throwing weapon known as the atlatl to hurl a stone-tipped dart. Modern enthusiasts describe the projectile as "an arrow on steroids" that's capable of traveling 80 to 90 miles an hour (129 to 145 kilometers an hour).

Illustration courtesy National Park Service and U.S. Army


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