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[[File:Mammoth Spear Thrower.jpg|thumb|left|The [[Mammoth Spear Thrower]]]]
De l'Isle wrote a paper on his discovery, and his finds were exhibited in 1867 at the [[Exposition Universelle (1867)|Exposition Universelle]] in [[Paris]]. People were intrigued to see the sophistication of his finds and this sculpture in particular. The carvings were remarkable in that they illustrate [[reindeer]], which no longer live in France. Dating was possible as the two reindeer were carved in the ivory of an extinct animal. This dated the find as ancient and required a re-evaluation of the life of humans in the late [[Ice Age]].<ref name="brad"/> This find was particularly astounding, as at that time no [[cave paintings]] had been discovered, and it was to be some years before those that were found were accepted as genuine.<ref name="focus">[http://my.page-flip.co.uk/?userpath=00000013/00012513/00053413/&page=11 The Swimming Reindeer], British Museum Objects in Focus, accessed 3 August 2010, ISBN 987014128214 {{Please check ISBN|reason=Invalid length.}}978-0-7141-2821-4</ref> In fact it was only the work of [[Henry Christy]] and [[Edouard Lartet]] that had recently persuaded informed opinion that mankind had lived during the ice age and coexisted with mammoths.<ref name="focus"/>
The evidence for coexistence came not only from the reindeer but also from a carved spear thrower which was found in the same location. This device was used to gain extra leverage when throwing a spear. In this case it was made from a piece of reindeer antler that had been carved into the shape of a mammoth.<ref>[http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/s/mammoth_spear_thrower.aspx Mammoth Spear Thrower], British Museum, accessed 7 August 2010</ref>
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