When did human beings start wearing clothes?

Interesting discussion on Reddit. Two answers:

Bone needles and scraped skins found in archeological digs suggest we started wearing clothes 100,000 to 500,000 years ago.

Body lice suggest a date of 100,000 years ago. Unlike other primates, human beings have different, but related, kinds of lice: One for the head, and one for the body. Head lice live in hair, and body lice live in clothes. The lice diverged about 100,000 years ago.

What do we know about when humans started wearing clothes? When? Where first?

A hundred thousand years of evolution — and now people can’t wait to get home from work so they can take off their pants.


13 thoughts on “When did human beings start wearing clothes?

  1. Flavio Carrillo: Wouldn’t there be some delay between the appearance of clothing and the adaptation of body lice? The older suggested date may be the correct one. Or at least something older than 100,000 years.Which is pretty amazing and makes me wonder if clothing predates modern homo sapiens — it being an inherited technology from archaic humans.In related news, there was something about Tibetans getting an altitude gene from the Denisovans recently. There was all sorts of funky things going on between modern homo sapiens and archaic humans back in the day. Too bad our near cousins went extinct. (We probably had a hand in that, alas.) via plus.google.com


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