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Microscopic and morphometric analysis of Uluzzian backed lunates from Grotta del Cavallo, southern Italy, dated between ~45,000 and ~40,000 years ago, indicates that modern humans used these small lithics as hunting armatures and delivered them mechanically using a bow or a spearthrower.

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Sano et al. The earliest evidence for mechanically delivered projectile weapons in Europe. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 3, 1409-1414 (2019).

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.