Archaeologists have discovered oldest piece of string ever found. archaeologists are very happy about their find. first reason they are happy is that string they found is around 50,000 years old. The second reason is that string shows that Neanderthals were more intelligent than we previously thought they were. Neanderthals were early species of humans that became extinct about 35,000 years ago. The string shows that Neanderthals had good understanding of plants and textiles. archaeologists say Neanderthals may have used the string to make clothes, bags, rope, mats and other things. This means they were probably as intelligent as modern humans.
piece of string that archaeologists found was tiny but it reveals lot about how people lived 50,000 years ago. Dr Marie-Helene Moncel, director of research at National Museum of Natural History in Paris, said: "We were able to uncover details about fibres and we observed that they're different, twisted fibres. It is not possible to find these kinds of fibres in nature." She added: "In my opinion, different things can be related to this discovery. Obviously, ability of Neanderthals to make cord, but also their huge knowledge about trees. They knew about vegetation, plants and trees, and had intelligence to use different parts of environment."