A simple ranged weapon that deals damage from afar. Better for knocking out a target than killing it outright. Requires stone to fire.
— In-game Description

The Slingshot is the second ranged weapon that can be created, including the Spear as a ranged weapon. The Slingshot fires Stone. The Slingshot is the most reliable way to knock out dinosaurs before the Tranquilizer Arrow can be crafted. While technically defined as a weapon, it's damage is minimal, and usually results in knocking the target out before actually killing it. Useful for taming aggressive dinosaurs as a lower level players, as you can keep your distance before the dinosaur has a chance to attack.