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Skull injuries and sling use
Mar 4th, 2011 at 1:13pm
 

http://www.google.com/search?q=califmed00148-0044.pdf

"Observations by Bunkerah on its use in New Caledonia revealed that natives could knock down three out of five fruit bats at 60 yards, using a river-bed stone with a sling. The Hawaiian slingstone was biconical, was 2.65 inches long and weighed 4.73 ounces, a little less than abaseball. The natives shaped it by rolling it between flat stones with motion to right and left as well as back and forth. Using a sling made from pandanus leaf, a skillful warrior hurled a stone so that it revolved on its axis like a rifle bullet."

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Reply #1 - Mar 30th, 2011 at 6:19pm
 
David Morningstar wrote on Mar 4th, 2011 at 1:13pm:
http://www.google.com/search?q=califmed00148-0044.pdf

"Observations by Bunkerah on its use in New Caledonia revealed that natives could knock down three out of five fruit bats at 60 yards, using a river-bed stone with a sling. The Hawaiian slingstone was biconical, was 2.65 inches long and weighed 4.73 ounces, a little less than abaseball. The natives shaped it by rolling it between flat stones with motion to right and left as well as back and forth. Using a sling made from pandanus leaf, a skillful warrior hurled a stone so that it revolved on its axis like a rifle bullet."


I'm impressed. That is really nice accuracy right there.
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Reply #2 - Apr 25th, 2011 at 4:10pm
 
Agreed, that is some amazing accuracy. If I could do that at 20 yards I would be extremely impressed with myself.  I'm amazed that they can achieve that kind of accuracy so far away. Stones really tend to drop fast that far out...accounting for that would be difficult.  I wonder if the bats were moving or stationary...it does say that they were knocked down...I would assume they were moving.
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Reply #3 - Apr 25th, 2011 at 11:18pm
 
Our local fruit bats are nocturnal so, assuming the New Caledonian species are similar, they sleep during the day hanging upside down from high branches with their wings wrapped around them, a stationary target somewhat smaller than a football.

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Reply #4 - Apr 29th, 2011 at 5:40pm
 
Ah, yes, I suppose you would be correct Aussie. I forgot about the noctural-ness of bats, they would most likely just be hanging.  I'm still very envious of their skill.
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Reply #5 - May 11th, 2011 at 6:32pm
 
Aussie wrote on Apr 25th, 2011 at 11:18pm:
Our local fruit bats are nocturnal so, assuming the New Caledonian species are similar, they sleep during the day hanging upside down from high branches with their wings wrapped around them, a stationary target somewhat smaller than a football.


Becasue hitting a small football from the better part of a footballfield away is easy Roll Eyes
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