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

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  • Scientists are not so sure anymore about just how intelligent Neanderthals were, after the discovery of the world’s first evidence of textile and cord making.
  • The evidence is a 6mm (0.24 inches) cord fragment, made of three bundles of fibers, and twisted and wrapped around a stone tool.
  • It dates 41,000 to 52,000 years ago, and is likely made from fibers taken from the inner bark of a tree.
  • What’s exciting about it, is that it takes significant intelligence to locate the right fiber, take the right amount, make yarn, or even see the need for cords in the first place.
  • Due to this and other discoveries, experts say, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Neanderthals were cognitive equals of modern humans.

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