People hunted with bows and arrows in a rainforest on a
South Asian island starting around 48,000 years ago, a new study suggests.
Small bone artifacts with sharpened tips unearthed in a Sri
Lankan cave represent the earliest
evidence of bow-and-arrow use outside Africa, says a team led by
archaeologist Michelle Langley of Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
Microscopic analyses of 130 of those bone points revealed surface
cracks and other damage caused by high-speed impacts, likely because these
artifacts were used as arrowheads, Langley and her colleagues conclude…