Humans Were Making Clothes Over 120,000 Years Ago – New Evidence Emerges

Humans Were Making Clothes Over 120,000 Years Ago – New Evidence Emerges
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The human race wasn’t too developed more than 120,000 years ago, but it somehow understood pretty rapidly that it’s not ok to go around naked. After exploring a cave from Morocco, researchers found evidence that humans had been using clothes since over 120,000 years ago, according to The Guardian.

Bones from skinned animals and bone tools found in the cave point to the practice of humans using clothes.

Dr. Emily Hallett from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Germany) is the first author of the study. She declared, as quoted by TheGuardian.com:

Our study adds another piece to the long list of hallmark human behaviours that begin to appear in the archaeological record of Africa around 100,000 years ago.

Animal bones excavated in digs spanning a few decades on the Atlantic coast of Marocco were analyzed.

The research team also found spatulates (broad and rounded end objects) fashioned from bovid ribs. The team wrote, as also quoted by The Guardian:

Spatulate-shaped tools are ideal for scraping and thus removing internal connective tissues from leathers and pelts during the hide or fur-working process, as they do not pierce the skin or pelt.

Using bone tools to make clothing surely isn’t the best way, but it’s exciting to see that early humans had enough imagination to exploit their limited resources.

The new findings were published in iScience.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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