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Some even preferred this weapon over the bow and arrow, and used it not only in combat but also in sports competitions.Such was the case with the Tarairiu, a Tapuya tribe of migratory foragers and raiders inhabiting the forested mountains and highland savannahs of Rio Grande do Norte in mid-17th-century Brazil.The earliest secure data concerning atlatls have come from several caves in France dating to the Upper Paleolithic, about 21,000 to 17,000 years ago.The earliest known example is a 17,500-year-old Solutrean atlatl made of reindeer antler, found at Combe Saunière (Dordogne), France.



Wooden darts were known at least since the Middle Paleolithic (Schöningen, Torralba, Clacton-on-Sea and Kalambo Falls).In Europe, the spear-thrower was supplemented by the bow and arrow in the Epi-Paleolithic.Along with improved ease of use, the bow offered the advantage that the bulk of elastic energy is stored in the throwing device, rather than the projectile; arrow shafts can therefore be much smaller, and have looser tolerances for spring constant and weight distribution than atlatl darts.A spear-thrower is a long-range weapon and can readily impart to a projectile speeds of over 150 km/h (93 mph).

Spear-throwers appear very early in human history in several parts of the world, and have survived in use in traditional societies until the present day, as well as being revived in recent years for sporting purposes.

While the spear-thrower is capable of casting a dart well over one hundred meters, it is most accurately used at distances of twenty meters or less.