Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Fishhooks, oldest in the world, found in Japan
18 September 2016
The hooks are made from a sea snail‘s shell. From this discovery archeologists conclude that fishing techniques have existed already much longer than expected, and were used in more places in the world.
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Okinawa was first inhabited around 35,000 years ago. Scientists wondered how people there survived all the time. The fishhooks have answered that question.
Until now, scientists assumed that the fishhook was invented about 16,000 years ago.
They based themselves on a find in East Timor in 2011. In the northern part along the coast hooks were found which were made of shellfish.