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Human Bones Make For Terrific Daggers: Research Options
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Human Bones Make For Terrific Daggers: Research

Human bones make the best bone daggers, researchers studying weapons prized by the people of New Guinea have discovered. Using imaging, computer simulations and good-old-fashioned stabbing tests on daggers made from bird and human bones, researchers ... More...
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A strange topic for scientific research. Were locals among the researchers?
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Nathaniel J Dominy, an anthropologist at Dartmouth College and first author of the study, described New Guinea bone daggers to the Washington Post as, “formidable, fierce-looking and beautiful.” Engineered for both function and beauty, the fearsome weapons are adorned with intricate carvings.
So much more than a blade, they were prized as markers of social capital. Worn as “conspicuous personal adornments,” the daggers were "exemplars par excellence of male fighting abilities, and a highly desirable status symbol among men,” the authors wrote.
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