Mastodons were hunted in pre-Clovis times with bone projectile points

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE (AAAS)—Bone fragments recovered from the rib of an American mastodon found in present-day Washington state suggest that this extinct Ice Age megafauna was hunted by Paleo-Americans using bone projectile points 13,900 years ago – some 900 years before the well-known Clovis point emerged. Michael Waters and colleagues have identified a thin, smooth, pointed object through a digital reconstruction of the bone fragments – a finding consistent with a human-made projectile point. The discovery follows a 2011 study published in Science, co-authored by members of the same research group, that described the original discovery of the bone fragments:

Summary author: Nyla Husain

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