The History of Early Humans
Updated: 1/30/2020
The History of Early Humans
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  • Anthropologists discovered a 2.5 million year old fossil of a homo hominid, the first human-like ancestors to walk upright. They called the fossil "Lucy".
  • Homo Hominids pioneered the Paleolithic Age. They had opposable thumbs to carry food and children, and tools to cut meat and bone.
  • 1.6 million years ago, they developed into Homo Erectus. Homo Erectus used their knowledge to invent fire, tools for easier survival, and early forms of language.
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  • Around 1 million years ago, Homo Sapiens, or modern humans developed.They competed with Neanderthals, a similar species but not an ancestor, for land until the superior hunting strategies of Homo Sapiens helped them emerge victorious.
  • Humans of the Paleolithic age were nomads and hunter-gatherers.For easier survival, they made a lot of tools. They also started to create art. A new discovery would shape human evolution even further.
  • The discovery of agriculture around the world led to the Neolithic Revolution. It provided an steady, alternative source of food for rising populations. Domestication of animals helped with livestock.
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