World’s Oldest Needle is 50,000 Years Old, But It Wasn’t Made by Homo Sapiens

by , 08/24/16   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

Russian archaeologists have unearthed what just might be the world’s oldest surviving sewing needle. Crafted from a large bird bone, complete with an eye for thread, the nearly 3-inch implement is at least 50,000 years old, according to Mikhail Shunkov, head of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk. The discovery was made in Siberia’s Denisova Cave, in a layer where remains from a extinct species of human, the Denisova hominii, have also been found. “As of today it is the most ancient needle in the world,” Shunkov told the Siberian Times, before adding that the tool could prove that the Denisovans were more sophisticated than we thought, perhaps more so than neanderthals or even Homo sapiens (that is, us).

[Via Atlas Obscura]

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