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 American scientists have discovered 120,000-year-old tools found in Morocco that were used to make human clothing from leather.


Previously, experts believed that man began making clothes for himself around 40,000 years ago, whereas before he used to cover himself with animal skins to protect himself from inclement weather.

New research from Arizona State University, led by Emily Helt and Curtis Marine of the United States, shows that the history of human clothing is at least 80,000 years older than our previous estimates.

The details of the study, published online in the latest issue of the research journal Eye Science, take a closer look at more than 60 ancient tools found in the Moroccan Contribandiers caves.

Discovered in 2011, the tools are between 90,000 and 120,000 years old and made from the bones of animals such as whales and dolphins.

Many of these tools had certain markings that seemed to be used to make clothing from animal skins. To confirm this, Emily Helt compared them to ancient human tools discovered for making clothes.


Emily and her colleagues were right in the comparison. These tools, made 120,000 years ago, bear a striking resemblance to the ancient tools used in clothing. However, they were 80,000 years older than the oldest tools.

It should be noted that so far our knowledge of the oldest human clothing is very limited because leather clothing is extremely soft and if not handled carefully it will fade and disappear after only a few centuries .۔

In that case, the only evidence we have of human clothing is the old, hard tools that were used to make clothing. And that has survived to some extent, even after enduring the adversities of the climate for hundreds of millions of years.

Apart from houses and agriculture, clothing also played an equally important role in the beginning of human civilization. That is why this latest discovery is of utmost importance because it shows that ancient man was also more advanced and skilled than our predecessors.

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