A short animation by The Atlantic looks at the history of weapons from the simplest ax to drones and beyond. According to The Atlantic, much of the data included comes from A History of the World in 100 Weapons by author Chris McNab.
From the axe, which originated in 1,000,000 B.C., to today’s killer drones, mankind’s use of weapons has been varied and incredibly inventive. Weapons have changed history and aided in the rise and fall of civilizations. For example, gunpowder, a Chinese invention, led to the development of cannons and guns—revolutionizing warfare in the Middle Ages and beyond.