This is the oldest known string. It was made by a Neandertal

A cord fragment was found clinging to a stone tool at a French archaeological site

SEM image of Neandetal string

A scanning electron microscope photo shows a closeup view of fibers that were twisted into a string by Neandertals as early as 52,000 years ago. The ancient string fragment is about 6.2 millimeters long.

M.-H. Moncel

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