Fire : 1420000 BCE : Africa

Inventions Search Results

Years : Before 10,000 BCE

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Generated : 24th February 2024

[10,000 BCE to 4000 BCE]

2,600,000 BCE Use of Stone ToolsAfrica first used by Homo Habilis in East Africa
1,420,000 BCE Use of FireAfrica first used by Homo Erectus
500,000 BCE Cloth BuildingsAfrica tents
400,000 BCE Cutting ToolsAfrica first used by Homo Sapiens
38,000 BCE FishingAfrica using bones as hooks
30,000 BCE Bow and ArrowAfrica for hunting and war
30,000 BCE SpearAfrica for hunting
28,000 BCE ArtEurope cave painting in Central Europe
25,000 BCE Cooking PitsEurope holes outside houses for cooking
modern Ukraine
20,000 BCE CountingAfrica counting stick from Congo (in 60s)
17,000 BCE LampsEurope using animal fat fuel in Central Europe
12,000 BCE Domestication of DogEurope
for hunting and protection
12,000 BCE DrumAfrica first musical instrument
10,000 BCE BoatsPacific dug out logs

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[10,000 BCE to 4000 BCE]

Key Moments

The first humans arose in the Great Rift Valley of Eastern Africa when Homo Habilis began to use tools. The use of tools is not unique to humans. Some primates and even birds are known to use tools. Tools allowed humans to extend what they could do. They were able to crack nuts using stones rather than teeth, clothe themselves with skins, and attack animals and other humans from afar and with more force.

Homo Erectus learnt to use fire.

No other animal is known to use or has used fire. The use of fire allows humans to harness energy to produce heat and light at night and in areas where the climate is less favourable. This allowed humans to colonise large areas of the world away from their native tropical Africa. Fire allowed food to be cooked which made more things edible and easier to digest.

Modern humans date from about 400,000 BCE when Homo Sapiens began to use cutting tools. By around 250,000 BCE humans were burying their dead. Human speech began around 200,000 BCE. Personal ornaments were being used c40,000 BCE.

Humans spread out overland from Africa to Europe and Asia. They developed their hunting techniques as well as gathering fruits, nuts and grubs. Other humanoids became extinct.

Around 30,000 BCE, the ice age lowered the level of the sea. This allowed humans to cross land bridges to the Americas and to cross small amounts of sea to Australia. By 10,000 BCE the sea levels had risen again and the three continents remained isolated from each other for 9000 years.

A key development was the domestication of the dog. This was the first animal to be domesticated, becoming dependent on humans for shelter, food and breeding. In return, it helped in hunting and gave warning of intruders and some protection.

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