Is this proof early man weaponised ivory from woolly mammoth tusks to kill….woolly mammoths?
Deadly paleolithic spears – pictured here and manufactured from the ivory from extinct beasts – show the lethal genius of ancient craftsmen up to 28,500 years ago.
These deadly spear tips were all found in inhospitable Arctic areas of Yakutia, two made by Stone Age man from the tusks of woolly mammoths, the other hewn from the horn of a long-gone hairy Siberian rhinoceros.
Of the three, special interest currently surrounds the front end of a lance or javelin dating back 10,000 to 12,000 years, says Dr Semyon Grigoryev, Director of the Lazarev Mammoth Museum at Northeastern Federal University.
This weapon was found in the tundra close to the Syalakh River ‘inside the ribs’ of ‘adult mammoth bones’, he revealed