Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Early Hunters Murder Weapon Left Behind Mastodon

A new look at a very old skeleton of Mastodon was no evidence of the first known North American hunting weapon, a tool in bone hunting technology, formerly known as 800 years.

A little 'stronger bones, was found embedded in the ribs Mastodon was revealed in 1970, has long been controversial. Archaeologists have argued, and the date the bone - about 14,000 years - and if the alleged weapon was really shaped by human hands. But now, researchers say it is likely that the 13.8 thousand years ago, the hunters to kill an elephant, using as a mastodon bone projectile points are not much bigger around than a pencil near the sharpened needle-like tips.

"We are fortunate that the hunter to 13.8 thousand years ago, was probably trying to get the bullet point of bone between the ribs, probably trying to reach a vital organ," said lead researcher Michael Waters, an anthropologist at the Centre for Study of the first Americans at Texas A & M University. "Perhaps the mastodon, or retreated into his drive was out, and hit a rib and broke the bone in place of the bullet. So it's bad for him and good for us." [Photo Gallery: Mastodon Hunters tests]

Waters and colleagues reported their findings in the journal Science tomorrow (October 21).

One thing is certain: the old Mastodon kill was not a fair fight. Being discovered by a farmer digging a storage tank at the end of 1970 in the State of Washington, was old and likely to be ill when he died, his teeth, "literally worn nubbin," said Donald Grayson, an anthropologist at the University of Washington , who was not involved in the new study.

The breeder has the site during archaeologists, who returned the favor by dubbing the find "Manis Mastodon," name the breeder. Archaeologist claims that mammoths were hunted by humans around 14,000 years ago were regarded with suspicion by other researchers, but stressed that there was no solid evidence that the bone point found embedded in the bone Mastodon have been made by human hands.

It was possible, Grayson said that the bone was part of the skeleton of a mastodon or that of a displaced bone fragment of a fight with another animal.

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