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Stone Age twining unraveled

A new discovery suggests that, 32,000 years ago, people used plant fibers for sewing.

In the Stone Age, advances in fiber technology globalized people not communication. As early as 32,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers figured out how to transform wild flax fibers into cords suitable for sewing clothes, weaving baskets and attaching stone tools to handles, researchers report in the Sept. 11 Science.

Their excavations at a western Asian cave have yielded the oldest known fragments of twine.

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