When Did Clothing Originate?
Standards of body cover vary across cultures. But many people would be mortified to be caught unclad in public. For folks in cold climates, insufficient clothing can be fatal, as I sensed in Siberia. Yet no other creatures don garments. Why our ancestors, alone in the entire animal kingdom, adopted clothes is one of those big questions that science has only recently begun to tackle.
Though many gaps in the story remain, the emerging evidence suggests clothing really had two origins: first for biological needs, then cultural.