Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Earliest Shoes

Erik Trinkaus and Hong Shang are arguing that humans first started wearing shoes regularly around 40 000 years ago. An article in Yahoo News notes:

A previous study of anatomical changes in toe bone structure had dated the use of shoes to about 30,000 years ago.

Now the dainty-toed fossil from China suggests that at least some humans were sporting protective footwear 10,000 years further back, during a time when both modern humans and Neandertals occupied portions of Europe and Asia.

Well, at least they are not stumbling around the landscape, like Erik said a few years ago. Sheesh.

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