Archaeologists Argue That Fishhooks Were Used 42,000 Years Ago

Archaeologists are arguing that fishhooks, a microlithic tool technology, have been used by humans as early as 42,000 years ago. Archaeologists working in East Timor, within the island chain of Indonesia, have produced evidence that humans were using fish hook technology for deep sea fishing much earlier than thought.

To learn more about the findings, see the article on MSNBC.

3 thoughts on “Archaeologists Argue That Fishhooks Were Used 42,000 Years Ago

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  2. Jim Wheeler

    It’s not clear to me how the hooks might have been attached to any kind of line because of the lack of an eyelet. Same for using them as a gaff. Maybe they were just toothpicks, or even cooking implements, as in to remove hot meat from a fire perhaps?

    But in any case I don’t doubt the evidence for cooking or fishing back then because of the cave evidence, and, because we know Homo’s brain was fully developed more than 100,000 years ago. And, it would be almost impossible to convince me that cooking wasn’t known back then – humans get hungry and vegetation fires are common from lightning strikes, and animals routinely get caught in the fires. QED.

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      Well, coking has been around for a long time – probably well before we became Homo sapiens. Many Anthropologists argue that the development of our jaw, teeth, and “guts” are adapted to culturally prepared food (specifically cooking).
      In terms of the eyelets, these are made of bone. It could be that the smaller eyelet portion seemly degraded over time or that we can’t see it from the image. However, you’re right, they could also be misinterpreted.


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