The string looked like a white mark on the underside of a Neanderthal stone tool. However, the microscope showed it was just a bunch of fibers that were twisted around each other.
This is the first evidence of them being able to make a string
More studying into the topic showed that it was the first direct evidence that Neanderthals could make a string. This is the oldest known direct evidence of them being able to make one, according to scientists. This suggests that our ancestors had some kind of understanding of numbers and the trees that furnished the raw material, as they say. It is the latest discovery showing Neanderthals being smarter than we all assume. Bruce Hardy, from the Kenyon College in Gambier, together with his colleagues, released a paper on the journal Scientific Reports.
Were they able to do more than just a string?
The string may show the possibility of other abilities, as well, like them being able to make mats, nets, and fabric, also bags.
More about the string: how did they do it?
The string came from an archaeological site in Rhone River, and it is about 40,000 to 50,000 years old. Researchers don’t really know how Neanderthals used the string, or if they attached it to the stone cutting tool. What they do know is that it was made out of the fiber, from the inner bark of trees. They twisted three bundles of fibers together, but counterclockwise, and then they twisted the bundles again, but clockwise this time, in order to make the string. This entire assembly can only show a sense of numbers in Neanderthals, according to Hardy.