Neandertalians had the brain to build weapons of long-term destruction, research was shown.
A team of Grass athletes helped scientists prove that the extinct cousins of modern people were much more efficient hunters than previously thought. Experts have assumed that Neanderters lack technology and ability to kill a major distance with their crude, wood spears.
The new study paints a very different picture of its skills. Using precise retorts of Neanderti lances, which are 300,000 years ago, the bladder throwers have managed to hit an object up to 20 meters.
This was a double distance that scientists believed that the "Schoningen" spears could be thrown.
In addition, the spears dropped in the target with sufficient force to kill prey.
"This study is important because it adds an increasing body of evidence that Neandertals have been technologically resilient and have the ability to hunt a great game through various hunting strategies, not just risky close-ups," said further researcher Dr Annemieke Milks, from the University of Archeology of the College of London.
"It contributes to reviewed opinions of Neandertals as our smart and cousins".
Neandertals have disappeared from Europe for about 40,000 years.