An ancient cave in Morocco has revealed an ancient secret about wearing clothes ages ago.
A number of scientists announced the discovery of artefacts in a cave in Morocco dating back up to 120 thousand years ago. They pointed out that this discovery indicates that humans were making specialized tools from bones and skinning animals and then using those tools to process them and obtain fur and leather, in order to wear them.
Oldest known evidence
They also added that the tools, which were found in the smugglers’ cave, about 250 meters from the Atlantic coast in the city of Temara, appear to be the oldest known evidence of cloth making in archaeological records.
“We assume that clothing was integral to the spread of our species to cold habitats,” said Emily Hallet of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany and lead author of the study, which was published in the journal iScience, AFP reported Thursday.
In addition, the scientists found 62 tools made from animal bones and also found signs on the bones of three types of small carnivores, the fox, the jackal and the wild cat, indicating that their skins were stripped to obtain fur, not meat.
Bones of antelope and wild cattle also suggested that the skin of these animals may have been used to make leather while their meat was eaten.
“Clothes is a uniquely human invention,” said Eleanor Cherry, an archaeologist from an evolutionary perspective who co-authored the study and is also from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
She also explained that the fur, leather and other organic items used to make the clothes are highly perishable with the passage of time, and no real prehistoric clothing was found in the cave.
It is noteworthy that among the oldest evidence found so far of the making of Homo sapiens, or what is known as the genus “Homo sapiens”, needles made of bone from Siberia dating back between 40,000 and 45,000 years ago.
Researchers believe that our human race began making clothing thousands of years before the date of making the tools discovered in the Moroccan cave, but they lack archaeological evidence for that.