The Earth was young when Prometheus created all living creatures from a mixture of earth and water. From his imagination, he fashioned birds for the air, fish for the sea, and animals for the land. However, from the image of the immortal gods, he fashioned man.
Epimetheus, Prometheus`s gentle brother,observed the creative activity with amazement, and with envy. He also wanted to have some part in the creative process, so he pleaded with Prometheus to let him do something for each living creature. Prometheus loved his gentle brother, so he decided to let him distribute the qualities that each of his living creatures would need in order to survive.
With joy in his heart, Epimetheus set out to do his part. To the creatures he gave strength, great speed, tusks, sharp claws, stinging tails, great/small size, skins of then leather or thick fur. He also gave them the ability to climb, dig, or stalk their food.
The problem arose when Epimetheus got to man.
So Prometheus went to Zeus's workshop, and Hephaestus gave him fire.
Prometheus gave the fire to his brother, and his brother gave the fire to man, solving the problem.