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The Aborigines called their long range hovering missiles by various names in various regions, but most famously the Australian throwstick is called by the name "kylie." Unlike all other projectile hunting tools and hand thrown objects, a properly made throwstick or kylie actually flies on a straight and level flight path directly towards its target.
Michael Westaway receives funding from the Australian Research Council.
This research was supported by the Three Tribal Groups of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area and staff of Mungo National Park and the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area.
The throwstick is the weaponized father of the boomerang.
Unlike the curved flight path of the boomerang, a throwstick delivers straight, level, hovering flights to extreme ranges where it delivers a tremendous blunt force impact to a target.
Our genomic research has revealed that significant demographic changes did not occur until some 10,000 years ago.