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Katanda Bone Harpoon Point

Modern humans make special tools for fishing

Humans in Central Africa used some of the earliest barbed points, like this harpoon point, to spear huge prehistoric catfish weighing as much as 68 kg (150 lb)enough to feed 80 people for two days. Later, humans used harpoons to hunt large, fast marine mammals.

Katanda Harpoon
Katanda Harpoon Point
Image Credit: Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution
Katanda Bone Harpoon Point
Exhibit Item
Date of discovery: 1988
Discovered by: Alison Brooks and John Yellen
Site: Katanda, Democratic Republic of Congo
Page last updated: February 9, 2016