Ancient humans living between 12,000 and 15,000 years ago in what is now Northern Israel were using sophisticated hooks, lines, weights, and lures to catch fish, a new analysis published to PLoS ONE reveals.

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A lot of tech is probably older than we think. It’s called the Stone Age because they used stone tools, but that is mostly because the stone tools survive longest. It’s anyone’s guess how long less rugged tools have been in use.


Interesting that hook nr. 5 has barbs on the lower part of the hook, where the bone has enough thickness to allow for a more “advanced” design. Modern hooks have barbs on the end of the hook, which is probably more efficient but also much more difficult when making a hook out of bone.


Check out the hooks of the Pacific Northwest Indigenous people. The designs are so complex for hooks to catch things like halibut. I always wondered how my ancestors came about the designs – especially for a fish like a halibut.


i’m always amazed how stupid history seems to think every age of man was


We had boats far longer than that so I would assume we had nets, spears, clubs and probably hooks tied to cordage far longer.