And speaking of recording data; paper has a long history, but it was not the only form of inscribing information. Parchment made from animal hide, lead tablets, wood and even stone have all been used in history to record information.
That's certainly true! There's enough detail in parchment that I will probably write a separate journal for it at some point. I did touch on it somewhat in the entry on ink. Certain types of ink on parchment are essentially unalterable, making it the medium of choice for binding contracts, histories, and the like.
IIRC some of the first European paper was produced from rags. This is possibly because they didn't have acces to papyrus, and it took a while to discovered how to use local plants for paper production. Here is a possibility for letting technology be constrained by local resources and knowhow.
Absolutely! I didn't stress the point in the original point, but rags have been part of the paper process since the very first Chinese products. Even though wood pulp is used for most paper now, we still use recycled rags today in high-end paper and in our (American) paper money.