Friday, December 9, 2011
World's 'oldest beds' found - and the cavemen who slept on them 77,000 years ago even used mosquito repellent
Humans were making themselves comfy on plant mattresses as long as 77,000 years ago, a study has found - and our ancestors were surprisingly clever at getting a good night's sleep.
Scientists discovered early evidence of bedding made from compacted stems and leaves at a rock shelter in South Africa.
At least three different layers at the Sibudu site contained bed remains, left by people who slept there between 38,000 and 77,000 years ago - and as well as providing a place to sleep, the leaves contained insecticide chemicals that would have kept mosquitoes at bay.
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