A recent report from Scientific Reports talks about the discovery of the oldest fiber technology that used natural fibers to create yarn.
The discovery also shows that Neanderthals might have been more advanced during the Middle Paleolithic period than it was previously thought.
Bruce Hardy and his colleagues unearthed a fragment of cord that was only six millimeters long. It consisted of three bundles of fibers that were twisted together. The cord fragment was attached to a small stone tool.
The hypothesis says that the cord was either part of the handle or part of t a carrying bag.
The fragment was discovered in Abri du Maras. Advanced dating revealed that the fragment is between 41,000 and 52,000 years old.
It turned out that the cord was built out of fibers that were extracted from the inner bark of a non-flowering tree.
The researchers believe that the production of the cord implied a vast knowledge of botany.
They also suggested that Neanderthals might have had some mathematical knowledge that allowed them to create bundles of fibers.
The former oldest fiber fragment was discovered in the Ohalo II site from Israel, but it was about half as old as the newly discovered one.
The new study provided some insight into the lives of our ancestors and revealed that they might have been smarter than we gave them credit for.
Such discoveries are amazing. It’s impressive how much information can be put together from analyzing something as trivial as a simple fiber fragment.
Could that mean that the “technology” used by Neanderthals wasn’t as primitive as it was previously believed?
The quality of the sample might suggest that it went through some form of an improvement process.