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Stone Age twining unraveled

New finds suggest that people used plant fibers for sewing and other purposes in western Asia by 32,000 years ago

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2:50pm, September 10, 2009

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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