The Atlatl Spear Thrower

A prehistoric Native American hunter wearing furs and carrying a atlatl and spear stalks a bison in a snow covered valley in the Rocky Mountains. Daniel Eskridge via Shutterstock

The spear is a truly ancient human technology, but this preceded one of humanity’s oldest mechanical inventions: the atlatl or spear thrower. In this episode of Invention, Robert and Joe explore the history and physics of this amazing hunting device.