World's oldest string of yarn shows Neanderthals were smarter than we thought

World’s oldest string of yarn shows Neanderthals were smarter than we thought

by Katie Hunt, CNN

Archaeologists say they have found the world’s oldest string of yarn or cord, which our Neanderthal ancestors made by twisting together natural fibers.

Researchers said the find is the earliest known evidence of textile and cord making and suggests that Stone Age Neanderthals were perhaps much smarter than we thought.
 
“The idea that Neanderthals were cognitively inferior to modern humans is becoming increasingly untenable,” researchers wrote in a new study. The study published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.

The six-millimeter-long cord fragment, consisting of three bundles of fibers twisted together and wrapped around a thin stone tool, was discovered at the prehistoric cave site of Abri du Maras in the south of France.

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