The Oldest String Ever Found May Have Been Made By Neanderthals

Bits of twisted plant fibers found on a stone tool show that Neanderthals used sophisticated yarns and cords. It pushes the date of the earliest-known fiber technology way back in time.

4/10/2020 3:22:00 PM

Researchers have found a prehistoric piece of string preserved on a flint tool, dating back around 41,000 to 52,000 years ago. The discovery adds to growing evidence that Neanderthals weren't as unintelligent as scientists had long assumed.

Bits of twisted plant fibers found on a stone tool show that Neanderthals used sophisticated yarns and cords. It pushes the date of the earliest-known fiber technology way back in time.

S. Deryck"There are three bundles of fibers that are twisted counterclockwise, and then those bundles, once they are twisted, are twisted back the other way, clockwise, around each other to form a cord or string," he added.Previously, the oldest known fragment of cord dated back to around 19,000 years ago, from a site in Israel. Scientists had also found impressions left in clay by something that looked like woven fibers, from 27,000 years ago.

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Marie-Helene Moncelof the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, who is part of the research team that worked on this new discovery, said it's impossible that the twisted structure found on the tool just appeared spontaneously from nature—it had to be intentionally constructed.

Science Is For Everyone. Until It's Not."It was amazing," she said.And given where the artifact was found, and the other bones and tools found at the site, she said,"It is clear that this is related to Neanderthals," and not anatomically modern humans that began showing up in Europe around 40,000 years ago.

John Shea, a paleoanthropologist at Stony Brook University in New York, isn't so sure."The idea that this cordage is necessarily made by Neanderthals, that is open to question," he said, even if Neanderthal remains were found right nearby."You still have to keep an open mind. That just means that Neanderthals were present. It doesn't rule out the possibility that humans were wandering around this same part of the world at the same time."

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Cordage was probably in use as far back as half-a-million years ago, Shea said. He noted that some extremely old stone tools appear to have been made to fit handles, and such tools will work loose from a handle pretty swiftly without glue and cordage to keep it bound tight.

It's pretty easy to use almost any weed to make cordage, Shea said:"You can make simple cordage in minutes."Making high-quality string and rope, however, takes some know-how. And he said there's no reason to think that Neanderthals wouldn't be capable of that.

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Don't tell this to religious fundamentalist the numbers don't add up. So tying a string is so easy that a caveman can do it! Just enough for H. Sapiens to snuff them out, or co-evolve with them. ...and I can't even tie my shoes disclosure I'll say it. It's the destroy Trump at all costs people doing this operation. Lying about needing vaccines, the desire to spend billions on study of a cure while breaking the economy.

Amazing!!!! What?! Experts were wrong.....again? duh What made scientists think they were unintelligent in the first place? It was space aliens. Next to the string they found this The unintelligent Neanderthal is actually a popular misconception that science has long debunked. Here's an article from 2003: Neanderthals were plenty smart. If one climbed onto a crowded bus no one would notice anything unusual.

“Weren’t as unintelligent as scientists had long assumed.” Scientists haven’t thought that even remotely in over 50 years, probably more. aThoughttt weeellll What would Jesus think of this? I are still smart. Show drawing paintings writing systems. slow news day?

World's oldest string of yarn found in French caveArcheologists say they have found the world's oldest string of yarn or cord, which our Neanderthal ancestors made by twisting together natural fibers. Why are you guys not reporting about the arrest of Harvard professor Dr Charles Lieber who was a chemist. *dreadlock I agree with CNN, Trump is responsible for every thing bad happening in America and that includes bringing coronavirus in.

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