It is thought that our early human ancestors ( e.g.. Homo erectus) learn to control naturally occurring fires e.g. bush fires, lighting strikes and larva flows. The use and control of fire has been described as the “single most important innovation in our evolution”. It is thought that eating cooked food had a major impact as cooked food is much more easily digested and uses less calories to chew and digest ; and providing additional calories to allow our brains to grow; it is also thought that as we didn't need to process raw food our jaws and teeth became smaller and since we needed less intestines to digest food our torso became thinner. No one can ever know what happened, only assumptions and guesses but in some way or other our ancestors realized fire made you warm, and that cooked food tasted a lot better than raw food and so the story began! I like to say that we are forged from fire!
Fire Starting Weekend
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There are theories that fire by percussion (striking of stones e.g. flint and pyrite) was used from the late Paleolithic period (which I tend to agree with), but no archaeological evidence of this until at least the Neolithic period . See article here.
Due to wood rotting there is no evidence of friction fire until approx 2500 BC (see further below) and it seems many historians\archaeologists surmise that flint&pyrite predates friction fire in Europe though no one knows for sure. However , the earliest perforated artifacts assumed using a drill, such as bone, ivory, shells and antlers , are from the Upper Paleolithic era, and drills were basically the same technology as fire drills hence the reasoning... Ancient drills (hand drill, bow drill, strap drill, pump drill) were used in ancient woodwork, stonework, dentistry and fire making.
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