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Details: Lice date origin of fashion

23-10-2003   


A new column that picks up on some of the more unusual stories floating around the world of fashion. Email the editor with your stories.


19 Aug – A genetic study of lice has suggested that humans started wearing clothes around 70,000 years ago.

The report – from the scientific journal Current Biology – noted that the arrival of body lice on humans most likely coincided with the wearing of clothes. The body louse feeds off the body, but lives in clothing. It appeared around 70,000 years ago.

Boffins Ralf Kittler, Manfred Kayser, and Mark Stoneking, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, add that, with the spread of humans from Africa around 100,000 years ago, their results “imply that clothing was a surprisingly recent innovation”.

In short, it took us 30,000 years to get our clothes on.

Find out more from Reuters: ‘Lousy’ study dates human fashion

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18 Aug – Kate Moss is to pole-dance in the next White Stripes video, salivates the NME. Whatever next?

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15 Aug – Hold the front page – David Beckham has ordered £5,000-worth of pants from Dolce & Gabbana’s Milan boutique. Apparently, wife Victoria was at the store a few months ago as well. Shocking.




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