Did paleolithic women make weapons to compete with men?

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Women may have developed the first weapons to compete with physically stronger males, scientists have claimed.

Researchers studying chimpanzees, which share 98 per cent of their DNA with human beings, found it was mainly females who used crude spears to attack other animals.

They now believe that early human females could also have pioneered hunting with tools to compensate for their inferior size and strength.

“Females will have to come up with creative ways at getting at a problem, whereas males have brawn,” said Jill Pruetz, of Iowa State University, who led the research in Senegal, west Africa.

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