Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Neil Mackengie
Early man, living thousands of years ago, made caves and rock shelters his home. In fact, some of the earliest cave dwellers did not even look like people living today.
These were the Neanderthal people. Their brains were as large as modern man’s, but they had rugged faces with heavy ridges over their eyes. They were only a little over five feet in height and could not stand as straight as people do today.
These ‘cave or cave dwellers, were not good housekeepers. Anything they did not want, they left on the floor of the cave. Over thousands of years this mass of rubbish piled up and sometimes filled the caves.
The caves were large, dark, and frightening. The people lived in the mouth of the cave, where they were protected from wind, rain, and snow, without going into the darkness deep in the cave.
During the last part of the Ice Age, Cro-Magnon men, people who looked much like people living today, started to move into Europe. Like the Neanderthals before them, they lived in the mouths of caves.
But there were not enough caves for eve one, so some made tents and underground houses to live in. These are the men who made them famous cave paintings found in southern France and northwestern Spain. These paintings are quite remarkable. They are full of life and power and show many of the animals these cave dwellers hunted, such as the bison, the bear, the wild boar, the mammoth, and the rhinoceros.
What Color Was The First Human?
From about 1.2 million years ago to less than 100,000 years ago, archaic humans, including archaic Homo sapiens, were dark-skinned.
Not much of the day was long, and there wasn’t much to do. So, whether in a hunter-gatherer society or a later agricultural society, the typical day included a lot of sitting around doing nothing. That’s because there wasn’t very much to do: the world was still a fairly small place, and there wasn’t much to hunt.
Do we know that the first human was a human, Homo Erectus, but was it a male or a female? The human fossil record gives little clue as to the sex of early homo Erectus species. Since a lot of the earliest human fossils are of hand, foot, or shoulder bones, wherein the most skeletal parts are present, it is probably safe to assume that hands, feet, and shoulders are male and that the pelvis and hips are female. But are these the signs of a male or female?
As you may have heard, cavemen slept for about eight hours a night. But that’s not entirely true. Many scientists now believe that we weren’t totally unproductive over the past six million years, since they have discovered evidence of our historical contributions and hunting prowess. As it turns out, our ancestors held many traditions, including a strict bedtime schedule. Archeologists have found evidence that cavemen would go to bed around 3:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m., depending on the time of year.