Hominids: Human and Continuously Progressive Development

Topics: Human, Human evolution, Neanderthal Pages: 2 (490 words) Published: February 11, 2007
Have you ever wondered how the Hominids managed to survive in such harsh and demanding conditions? Maybe these beings, thought to be the earlier versions of the Homo sapiens that we are today, were smarter than you would guess them to be, maybe they were just lucky, or maybe it was the many impressive accomplishments throughout their stages of development that aided in there survival. Though the five beings (Australopithecines, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Neanderthal, and Cro-Magnon) were different from each other, they each had there place in the continuously progressive development of there kind. Each new achievement seeming to build onto the last. Three major achievements, the invention of tools, the ability to manipulate fire, and the development of language, are in my opinion the most significant accomplishments of the many that the Hominids achieved. Each of these skills were enhanced, and further developed over time, and each served a very useful purpose. Some of the oldest tools that have been found have dated all the way back to the Paleolithic stage, though new evidence proposes the idea that tools may have been created before this time. The Homo habilis was found to have made tools (thought to have been used for cutting meat, and breaking open bones) out of lava rock, Homo erectus developed a more advanced selection of digging, scraping, and cutting tools, while Cro-Magnons created an array of useful, and even more advanced selection of tools. Each time that one of these beings created such a tool they made their lives easier, which I believe prolonged and enhanced their lives. Another useful skill was the ability to manipulate fire. The first to manipulate fire was Homo erectus. Fire served many useful purposes, including warmth in cold climates, the option of whether or not to cook food, and also the very useful ability to ward off predators. Each of these would prove to be extremely useful, and help to keep one self from becoming a...
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