27 – Earliest spears

400,000 years ago

We know from other archaeological discoveries, such as the Schöningen spears 400,000 years ago, that early hunting technology may have involved weapons made solely from wood. Wooden objects and other items made from organic material are likely to be lost from the archaeological record as they decompose. Long wooden spears would have allowed a somewhat safer hunting tool than early stone tools. Read about the long development of Acheulean tools.

Image credit Jayne Wilkins.


    Pleistocene2.58 million to 11,700 years ago

Environmental and Climate Changes

  • Earth’s climate remains relatively stable with alternating glacial and interglacial periods

Changing Species