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← Quest for Fire Began Earlier Than Thought

Reckless Monkey's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by Reckless Monkey

What interests me about fire and early hominids is that it must mark an ability to recognise something that would normally be a source of terror (ask a bush fire survivor) and see it as a useful thing to carry around. It suggests quite a good imagination, ability to plan and guts so to speak. Most animals flee at the first sight of fire and for good reason. I suppose a number come in after and clear up dead animals that's already been suggested above. I saw video somewhere possibly TED sorry can't recall, where a chimp had been taught to build a fire and light it (with a lighter). Having seen footage of Australian Aboriginals lighting fires using their hands and sticks (no bows like the American Indians) and trying it as kid for some hours I can tell you it's bloodly hard work just get something warm let alone hot enough to ignite something. So I take my hat off to my smaller brained predecessors.

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 13:05:36 UTC | #933067