Archaeologists have discovered the oldest known pair of pants on nomadic herders entombed in western China. Dated between the 13th and 10th centuries B.C.E., the tattered, wool trousers resemble modern riding pants with straight-fitting legs and wide crotches, Science News reports. The find, described in Quaternary International, supports the idea that slacks were invented for horse riding to allow more freedom of movement from the previously used gowns, which consisted of a combination of individual leggings and a loincloth.
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