15 Human Weapons Made From Animal Weapons

15 Human Weapons Made From Animal Weapons

Lacking claws, armour or stabbing teeth, humans are easy targets for predation. But thanks to our big, beautiful brains, we figured out early on how to co-opt the killing tools of nature’s top hunters for our own defence — and offence. Here are some of the best examples of technology mimicking nature. Or just straight up stealing from it.

Top picture: Library Of Congress

Shark Tooth Sword, Kiribati

Picture: imbrettjackson

Calusa shell clubs

Picture: bob reid

Tebute, a Gilbertese shark tooth weapon

Picture: Joshua Drew et al./PlosOne

Swordfish bill dagger

Picture: mauifishingputters.com

Shark Tooth Sword, Micronesia, Gilbert Island

Picture: oceaniaart.com

Bering Sea walrus ivory harpoon point

Picture: Herigate Auctions

Shark tooth club from the Pacific Islands. Peabody-Essex Museum

Picture: Margaret Killjoy

Blue marlin bill dagger with tiger shark teeth

Picture: mauifishingputters.com

Western Pacific turtle bone axe

Picture: Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques

Eskimo darts made of ivory and caribou bone

Picture: New World Antiquities

Stingray barb dagger and cassowary bone dagger from New Zealand

Picture: M. A. Lurig

Whale Bone War Club, circa 1800, Nuu-chah-nulth or Makah

Picture: Travis S.

Bone Blade Knife

Picture: Practical Abstractions

Azilian bone harpoon

Picture: Didier Descouens/Wikimwdia Commons

Eskimo fishing spear made from the horns of a musk ox

Picture: John Tyman

Images curated by Attila Nagy.