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Deadly paleolithic spears - pictured below and manufactured from the ivory from extinct beasts - show the lethal genius of ancient craftsmen up to 28,500 years ago.

These deadly spear tips were all found in inhospitable Arctic areas of Yakutia, two made by Stone Age man from the tusks of woolly mammoths, the other hewn from the horn of a long-gone hairy Siberian rhinoceros.

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Of the three, special interest currently surrounds the front end of a lance or javelin dating back 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, says Dr Semyon Grigoryev, Director of the Lazarev Mammoth Museum at Northeastern Federal University.

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This weapon was found in the tundra close to the Syalakh River 'inside the ribs' of 'adult mammoth bones', he revealed.

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It was dug last year from 'a known permafrost layer, which suggests it originates from the Upper Paleolithic time period'.

In other words, the mammoth tusk spear appears to have been used in an ambush attack by ancient man on a woolly mammoth at the time the creatures were veering towards obliteration.

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The beast probably lumbered on but eventually expired with the spear still piercing its rib cage, to be found by modern-day tusk hunters.

'These weapons could have been used in a mammoth hunt,' acknowledges Dr Grigoryev.

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'For now, we can only speculate that this mammoth was injured by the spear.

'Then it managed to escape, with the broken spear inside, and died somewhere.'

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He made clear: 'We are now undertaking radiocarbon dating for the spear tip and for the bones of mammoth.

'If the dates are close, we can propose they are indeed related.'

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