A macro shot of toothpicks…
Before man devised the axe he may have invented the toothpick! Anthropologists now believe that early men,as they sat around the fire after a hard day’s hunting, picked their teeth—after chewing the meat they had killed—with sticks cut to a sharp point.
Evidence of Stone Age toothpicks is indirect but compelling, say anthropologists.
The evidence? Marks on fossil teeth.Analysis of these marks has led to the consensus that they were made by heavy toothpick use by our early ancestors.
The grooves were especially common in the teeth of Neanderthals who lived in Europe and Asia, about 100,000 years ago. Similar markings have been found in the fossilized Teeth of both American Indians and Australian Aborigines. (Source: This Site
Some other facts:
In 1872, Silas Noble and J. P. Cooley patented the first toothpick-manufacturing machine.
Toothpick was introduced into Japan in 584(Nara period). It was brought in with Buddhism via China and Korea.
Buddha (500BC) had originally taught his disciples to clean their teeth with tufted toothbrush.
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