Controlled Fire During The Paleolithic Period

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Controlled Fire in the Paleolithic Period (2.6 million B.C. – 10,000 B.C.)
The origins of controlled fire go back to the Paleolithic Period, by early humans some of the evidence takes us all the way back to East Africa. The use of controlled fire was a big and important development for these early humans, this tool could be handled in so many ways not only provided them food but also shelter, and protection.
The development of controlled fire meant that food could be haunted and cooked immediately so meat wouldn’t rot. Because there were many hominids scared across the world controlled fire allowed them to defrost frozen meat in cold regions, this provided a more sterilized as well as nutritious diet. It could not only be used for meats but also for cooking various plants that were gathered, this led to more digestible starchy foods consumed by these early humans. Cooked food provided more energy in order to fuel their growing brains.
When talking about shelter, hominids could rest inside caves as well as use fire to stay warm when they were in colder areas. It also provided light to the hominids making activities no longer restricted to be done during the day. Controlled fire also meant protection, they could easily could deter predators and insects from their camping sites. Fire created tools that were handy for these early humans in order to hunt, deflesh animals and also protect themselves from enemies.
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