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Archaeologists have discovered the oldest piece of string [never / ever] found. The archaeologists are very happy about their [found / find] . The first reason they are happy is that the string they found is around 50,000 years old. The [second / secondly] reason is that the string shows that Neanderthals were more [intelligence / intelligent] than we previously thought they were. Neanderthals were an early species [of / to] humans that became extinct about 35,000 years ago. The string [shown / shows] that Neanderthals had a good understanding of plants and [reptiles / textiles] . The archaeologists say Neanderthals may have used the string to make clothes, [bag / bags] , rope, mats and other things. This means they were [probably / probable] as intelligent as modern [humans / humane] .

The piece of string that the archaeologists found was [tinny / tiny] but it reveals a lot about how people [living / lived] 50,000 years ago. Dr Marie-Helene Moncel, director of research [on / at] the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, said: "We were able to uncover details about [a / the] fibres and we observed that they're different, twisted fibres. It is not [possibly / possible] to find these kinds of fibres in [natural / nature] ." She added: "In my opinion, different things can be [related / relation] to this discovery. Obviously, the [ability / able] of Neanderthals to make cord, but also their huge knowledge about trees. They knew [around / about] vegetation, plants and trees, and had the intelligence to use different [parts / party] of the environment."

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