77,000 year old bed found

After a hard day hunting and gathering, humans 77,000 years ago could count on a good night’s mosquito-free sleep on a comfy bed of grass and leaves. Archaeologists have discovered the oldest evidence of humans using plant bedding, 50,000 years before it appears anywhere else.

Many animals make beds for themselves but what’s interesting in the new find is the way the owners managed their bedding. Intriguingly, all the layers of bedding that are 73,000 years old or younger show signs of burning, which may have been the result of routine cleaning. Burning the plants would have killed pests and diseases. That the cave’s occupants needed to do this, may suggest they spent extended periods of time in the shelter, so had to keep it clean. Learn more here or here.

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