This early man lived
Early man did not have sharp claws or
strong sharp teeth. He was not larger or stronger than other
animals. He could not run like deer or antelope. So how did
early man survive?
He had to use the things that animals did
not have, reason and invention. Early man invented and created
stone and bone weapons and tools. With these tools, early man could
kill and trap those animals he needed for food. With stone
axes and spears, he could defend against those animals that thought he
might be food. Since many of the tools he created were made out of
stone, this is called the Stone Age.
Stone Age is considered to have begun about two million years ago, and
ended sometime after the end of the last ice age about ten thousand
During the stone age,
Homo Habilis appeared. These early people were mostly vegetarian eating fruits,
nuts, berries and occasionally fish and animals they hunted. They
were not great hunters due to the crude construction of their spears and
axes, but they did get the job done.
scientists believe that Homo Habilis did not know how to start a
fire. Homo Habilis did use fire and made campfires, but these were
probably started by finding something that was already burning from a
were very useful to homo Habilis since fire keeps most animals away, so a
campfire would be watched carefully to keep it going. Some people
have called Homo Habilis cave men. This is probably not true.
they had to move constantly to find food to eat, they could not settle
down in one place. Caves are also home to some very mean predators
such as bears and lions so Homo Habilis probably avoided