There is no direct evidence to suggest when exactly our early human – ‘hominin’ – ancestors stopped wandering around naked and started draping their bodies with animal furs and skins. Clothes do not fossilise, so anthropologists studied the evolution of lice, revealing that we started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago. Our direct ancestors did not have much body hair, so to shield themselves from the scorching summers and the freezing winters, they donned 5 rudimentary clothing. Thus began history’s endless ‘catwalk’.
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