If financial support was needed, families would “pawn” their heirlooms for a specific period of time.
Over the course of it’s lifetime: belts, bolo ties, rings and necklaces have been passed down from generation to generation.
They did not have clippers or emery boards as we do, did they chew them; or did they only grow so long and then stop growing?
A question only the Naked Scientists can answer.thanks, Ed, North Vancouver, BC, Canada"Cave Man", of course, is a very general term.
Since chewing on the fingernails seems to be a common grooming practice, I would think that it would be a long-term practice.
I am seeing notes of some manicuring in the early Roman and Egyptian civilizations... It would be interesting to look at fingernails of the many "natural mummies" around the world.