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January 3, 2017

World's Oldest Sewing Needle Discovered in Siberian Cave

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From Atlas Obscura:

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The world's oldest sewing needle (above and below) has been discovered in Siberia's Denisova Cave, and it doesn't look like it was made by Homo sapiens.

According to the Siberian Times, the little needle was likely created by an extinct species of human known as the Denisovans.

The needle is made of an unidentified bird bone, measures 7.5cm (2.75") long, and is thought to date back some 50,000 years.

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It even has an eye carved in the top through which to string thread.

As the article points out, it's probably still usable today.

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Researchers in the Denisova Cave (above and below) have previously found sewing needles in their excavations, but none as old as this one.

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While the cave is remarkable for showing signs of habitation from at least three distinct species of human (genus Homo) including Neanderthals and modern humans, the needle is thought to have been the work of the Denisovan species.

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Previous evidence of this extinct race of humanity, named after the cave, has dated back only 40,000 years, but the new needle provides evidence that the Denisovans were using advanced tools as long as 10,000 years before that.

January 3, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Auto On/Off Handbag Light — Put an end to endless digging through your purse

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From websites:

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Small and bright 1.5-ounce LED light turns on when it senses your hand.

Battery-operated and easy to transfer from bag to bag, it's the world's first automatic bag light.

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Special proximity sensors can tell when your hand is close — lights up in response for approximately 8 seconds

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• 2 AAA batteries (included/installed) last approximately 6000 cycles (turning on and then turning off)

• Tough polycarbonate shell

• Made in Germany

• 2.76"Ø x 0.79"H

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$29.95.

January 3, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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