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Humans wore clothes 170,000 years ago

Posted on Sunday, 9 January, 2011 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: CC 2.5 Michael Jastremski

By SlimJim22, Staff News Writer

A new study in to clothing lice has suggested we started wearing clothes 170,000 years ago.

Humans have lived without body hair for over a million years yet it wasn't until only 170,000 years ago that we started wearing clothes according to new research involving the examination of clothing lice DNA. "We wanted to find another method for pinpointing when humans might have first started wearing clothing," said David Reed of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

""It's interesting to think humans were able to survive in Africa for hundreds of thousands of years without clothing and without body hair, and that it wasn't until they had clothing that modern humans were then moving out of Africa into other parts of the world," Reed said."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Copasetic on 9 January, 2011, 15:13
as i said it might slow down sun burn. but we humans have to be careful with artifical uv blockers, it seems that vitamin d is in the uv. Like Boe pointed out to you; its the melanin that is important in this case. Eumelanin (the "dark" melanin) absorbs ionizing radiation (like high frequency UV radiation) that could cause breakages, damage, alterations (like thymine-thymine bonds, etc) in your DNA-Potentially leading to things like melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or other skin neoplasms. Black clothing is black because of dye pigments in said clothing, which may or may... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by electro13 on 9 January, 2011, 16:48
Clothes might have started out just as a form of adornment or decoration. They partly still serve that purpose today.
Comment icon #12 Posted by sqmsonite on 10 January, 2011, 12:27
Nice if he could wear the same clothes for 170,000 years.
Comment icon #13 Posted by EternalBlizzard on 10 January, 2011, 12:48
yeah people need clothes imagine if clothing was never invented and when we go on the street's without clothe's booom yeah ahah
Comment icon #14 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 11 January, 2011, 22:54
A lesser known fact: 169,990 years ago, the first gay guy made wearing a tiger skin look good. LOL. I won't be watching The Flintstones reruns the same way anymore.
Comment icon #15 Posted by JGirl on 11 January, 2011, 23:15
yeah people need clothes imagine if clothing was never invented and when we go on the street's without clothe's booom yeah ahah if clothing were never invented people's attitude about nudity would be entirely different so your presumption of booom yeah wouldn't be an issue. i say we all go back to the toga. roomy, comfy and inexpensive.
Comment icon #16 Posted by the L on 13 January, 2011, 15:53
At that he said: “Who told you that you were naked? Book of Genesis.
Comment icon #17 Posted by OverSword on 31 January, 2011, 22:20
Ridiculous! Everyone knows that the world is only 6,000 years old!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Cradle of Fish on 1 February, 2011, 0:02
Ridiculous! Everyone knows that the world is only 6,000 years old! But for that to be true, you must first prove that the world actually exists at all. Which it doesn't.
Comment icon #19 Posted by offlowhigh on 8 February, 2011, 1:36
Like they know what people were wearing 170,000 years ago ? Or what was really going on 2 or 3,oo years ago , just theory right !!

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