How did cavemen cut their toenails?

Early humans aren’t exactly known for their hygiene, but did Neanderthals ever fancy a pedicure?

16th October 2016
How did cavemen cut their toenails? (Getty)

Asked by: Edward Seymour, Hove

They could theoretically have used a flint edge to trim them, or a rough stone to file them down. However, we don’t have any firm evidence of ‘cavemanicure’ at all, since no fingernails or toenails survive from any Stone Age burial sites. If you spend your day walking barefoot and scraping up roots with your hands, your nails will wear down naturally, which is why they have evolved to keep growing throughout our lives.

 


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