Neanderthals had the brains to build weapons for long-distance destruction, research shows.
A team of spear athletes helped scientists prove that the missing cousins of modern humans are far more effective hunters than previously thought. The experts had assumed that the Neanderthals had no technology and ability to kill a considerable distance with their rough wooden spears.
The new study draws a very different picture of their abilities. Using exact copies of Neanderthal copies of 300,000 years, throwing spears managed to hit their target to 20 meters.
This is a double the distance that scientists believed that "Shoning" copies could be thrown.
In addition, the spears hit the target with enough force to kill the loot.
"This study is important because it adds more evidence that Neanderthals have been technologically understood and have had the ability to hunt big game through various hunting strategies and not just risky close encounters," said lead researcher Dr. Anemieke Milks of the University. Institute of Archeology at London College.
"This adds to the reconsiderated views of Neanderthals as our clever and capable cousins."
Neanderthals disappeared from Europe about 40,000 years ago.