Spear thrower (c35,000BC) – 1000 Inventions and Discoveries
By creeping along quietly, early hunters could often get close enough to an animal to throw a spear at it and kill it.
But sometimes the animal would run away. What the hunters needed was a way of throwing spears from farther away. The spear thrower was a piece of wood or antler with a notch at one end to hold the spear. It enabled hunters to hurl their weapons farther and increased their chances of killing their prey.