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The Ancient Girl's Best Friend

The two perforated shell beads found in what is now Israel, shown at different angles. Image courtesy of Drs. Marian Vanhaeren and Francesco d'Errico hide caption

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The two perforated shell beads found in what is now Israel, shown at different angles.

Image courtesy of Drs. Marian Vanhaeren and Francesco d'Errico

Science desk correspondent Jon Hamilton reports tonight on really, really dated fashion accessories. They're ancient shells with holes punched in them. Figuring out when people first decorated themselves with pretty things is apparently an excellent method of understanding the beginnings of culture. One of the oldest ready-to-wear shells may be 90,000 years old. How appropriate that it's housed in a museum in Paris, the world's couture capital.

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