inventions inventions inventions inventions


: c.400000 BCE
: Ancient World

About Invention

Around 400,000 years ago,Homo Sapiens devised a solution to protect the vulnerable naked human body from the environment-clothes,Anthropologists believe the earliest clothing was made from the fur of hunted animals or leaves creatively wrapped around the body to keep out the cold,wind, and rain.

Determining the date of this invention is difficult,although sewing needles made from animal bone dating from about 30,000 B.C.E. have been found by archeologists .However ,genetic analysis of human body lice reveals that they evolved at the same time as clothing.Scientists originally thought the lice evolved 107,000 years ago,but further investigations placed their evolution a few hundred thousand years earlier.  

Clothing is fiber and textile material worn on the body. The wearing of clothing is a feature of nearly all human societies. The amount and type of clothing worn is dependent on physical stature, gender, as well as social and geographic considerations.

Physically, clothing serves many purposes: it can serve as protection from weather, and can enhance safety during hazardous activities such as hiking and cooking. It protects the wearer from rough surfaces, rash-causing plants, insect bites, splinters, thorns and prickles by providing a barrier between the skin and the environment. Clothes can insulate against cold or hot conditions. Further, they can provide a hygienic barrier, keeping infectious and toxic materials away from the body. Clothing also provides protection from harmful UV radiation.

Clothes can be made out of fiber plants such as cotton, plastics such as polyester, or animal skin and hair such as wool. Humans began wearing clothes roughly 83,000 to 170,000 years ago.


Invention Images



View Photos