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Clothes Make the (Hu) Man

Science  11 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5946, pp. 1329
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1329a

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The first clothes, worn at least 70,000 years ago and perhaps much earlier, were probably made of animal skins and helped protect early humans from the ice ages. Then at some point people learned to weave plant fibers into textiles. But when? The answer is not certain, because cloth is rarely preserved at archaeological sites. Now discoveries at a cave in the Republic of Georgia, reported on page 1359 of this week's issue of Science, suggest that this skill was acquired more than 30,000 years ago.