Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times
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Barber posits that string may be "the unseen weapon that allowed the human race to conquer the earth."
It's presence is inferred in the paleolithic period with the presence of needles and beads, and a bone sculpture that is engraved showing the twists of individual threads in her garment and a fringe.
String so powerfully assists in carrying and in catching foods like fish.
She labels it "the String Revolution."