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Who invented clothing?
« Reply #25 on: 12/06/2009 14:26:25 »
Possibly yes. Our ancestors would have had their own hair/fur for protection from the elements. Wearing skins for the purpose of camouflage, early man would have noticed the benefits of using these skins during colder months. Continually wearing these skins for protection against the elements and against wounds from sharp or stinging plants would then have meant our body no longer needed to put energy into all over body hair/fur growth. Possibly the first man induced evolutionary progression.
 

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« Reply #26 on: 12/06/2009 19:30:07 »
Someone invented clothes, cripes I better go and put some on!
 

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« Reply #27 on: 13/06/2009 11:52:26 »
 

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« Reply #28 on: 22/06/2009 15:00:54 »
You could be right. Thinking about it, there are animals that use a rudimentary form of language but I can't think of any that wear clothes.  ;D
Hermit Crab
Caddis Fly Larva
to name but two.
 

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« Reply #29 on: 12/05/2011 10:05:26 »
Religious or ceremonial purposes is the old archaeologists cop-out. "It must have had religious significance," means "I don't know what it was for."
 

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« Reply #30 on: 12/05/2011 22:12:28 »
Clothing would have been invented by ancient man to compensate to temperature and climate fluctuations. 

Wearing other animals fur has allowed our species to adapt to our environment much better than other species, and to colonize areas from the equator to the poles.

It is odd that some human cultures in temperate regions have developed with a "clothing optional", although most have at least tended towards wearing loin cloths.  However, perhaps that is tainted by "Northern" standards.

However, I'd assume that diapers were invented by ancient cultures to help maintain the cleanliness of the home (although not universally used).  Perhaps the tendency to use diapers on children would be related to the covering of the "Privates".

http://directory.diaperjungle.com/blog/2005/11/13/ancient-diapers/

 

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« Reply #31 on: 26/06/2011 12:32:44 »
No, it is in the south of France in the Mountains - so cave or something.

That would be "ša ville roux", n'est ce pas?   
 

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« Reply #32 on: 26/06/2011 20:34:01 »
Animals invented clothing, we just stole the idea literally from their backs!!
 

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« Reply #33 on: 29/06/2011 22:26:54 »
Animals invented clothing, we just stole the idea literally from their backs!!
lol that is funny stuff and somewhat true
 

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« Reply #34 on: 30/06/2011 00:31:13 »
Thank you for the compliment, it is true though is it not?  I mean put it this way I reckon we were wearing clothing made from animal skins a long time before synthetic clothing was invented, and when I say a long time were talking tens of thousands of years!  I also doubt very much that it was modesty that prompted people to start wearing clothing but more from necessity for survival as someone has already mentioned in previous posts in this thread.

Having said that clothing is a concept we stole from animals I am forgetting that clothing can easily be made from plants and this might have been the first type of attire as trying to catch a plant is a lot easier then trying to rob the skin of an animals back  ;D
 

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« Reply #35 on: 08/06/2013 11:36:32 »
I think your opinion very atractive, regards
 

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« Reply #36 on: 11/07/2013 08:50:02 »
Basic protection of male genitalia seems like common sense when walking upright through tall grasses and spiky things, so I guess the first jock strap arrived shortly after we left the trees, lost our shaggy hair, and started running through the savannah. Modern equatorial tribes who have no need of clothing for warmth, still don a piece of string when hunting, and the decorated codpiece is the most fundamental evening wear for formal occasions. "Black tie with miniatures" goes back a long way - must try it at the next College Feast!   
 

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« Reply #37 on: 28/07/2013 09:53:17 »

Maybe clothing was a progression from using something to cover yourself with when asleep at night.  The pelt of the last meal??
 

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