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atlatl

(ät`lätəl) [Nahuatl], device used to throw a spear with greater propulsion. Atlatls began to be used in the Americas in the post-Pleistocene period and were eventually replaced by the bow and arrow.
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His atlatl wouldn't be much of a match to my shotgun either, but one thing I'm sure of regardless of our 1,500-year age difference; we both understood the thrill of the hunt.
Por ejemplo, la presencia del atlatl y del mortero giratorio, tecnologias no empleadas por sus vecinos, los yumanos, de Baja California, pero que si estan presentes en distantes culturas mesoamericanas y australianas, y los disenos de piedra en el suelo, conocidos como intaglios o geoglifos, cuya funcion aun se desconoce.
Forest thinning caused by widespread firing of ground litter may have led to a change in game species that favored the recently introduced bow and arrow over the atlatl and dart for communal caribou hunting.
pdf) to ethnobotany to an investigation of the physics of the atlatl (www.
El artefacto denominado atlatl es un lanzador de dardos hecho de madera dura.
Esta figura astada, que blande un atlatl y un venablo, pasa a traves de la cuspide del arco serpenteado, que identifique antes como la Montana de la Aurora.
I had only just let him get into the bow issue, a bit of the atlatl, then I had wimped--on linguistic traces, normally my forte, basketry, ho hummh, and sherds, yawn.
Once hypothesis is that composite points were used as thrusting spears in disadvantage-hunting strategies against large ungulates, perhaps in conjunction with bifacial point-tipped atlatl darts, whereas the latter were also used in encounter or pursuit hunting of smaller game.
From ATLATL to ZOOZOO, and KAVAKAVA to TUCUTUCU, from DIVIDIVI to QUINAQUINA, and RIRORIRO to CHIQUICHIQUI, they all catch your eye.
Martin's progressively popular "Blitzkrieg" theory posits that humans, the Clovis culture of present-day New Mexico in particular, caused the extermination of seventy-five percent of America's late Pleistocene megafauna--plodding giants that, relative to their African and Asian counterparts, were afforded precious little time to adapt to large-brained Homo sapiens who, by 13,000 years ago, had ably hunted with fluted stone points fastened to wooden shafts and portable spear levers called atlatl.
The atlatl was a throwing stick or board with a notch at one end, used to propel a dart--much like a lacrosse stick does for a ball.