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Dogwood atlatl by barefootabe.

The spear-thrower is a tool that uses leverage to achieve greater velocity in throwing light spears or darts, and includes a bearing surface which allows the user to temporarily store energy during the throw. The spear-thrower was invented by Jondalar in The Valley of Horses.

It resembles the Atlatl device, which was invented 30,000 years ago in the Upper Paleolithic.[1]


  1. McClellan, Harold; Dorn (2006). Science and technology in world history: an introduction. JHU Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-8018-8360-6. Retrieved December 2010.