Saber-Toothed Tigers And Humans Met About 300,000 Years Ago At Schöningen In Present-Day Germany
An encounter between at least one of humanity’s ancestors and a saber-toothed tiger has been preserved for the ages, according to German researchers.
And that meeting bears every indication of what one might expect — violence.
Archaeologists at the University of Tübingen describe the encounter in unnerving detail:
“It is highly likely that humans were confronted by saber-toothed cats at the Schöningen lakeside,” a University of Tübingen press release reads. “In that case, all the human could do was grab his up to 2.3 metres long spear and defend himself.”
Those weapons, dubbed Schöningen spears, have been hailed as the world’s oldest spears.