By Ruby Burks – Ready Nutrition
With just a flick of a switch, we have light. So many of us have become accustomed to the convenience of electricity that we’ve forgotten how to get along without it. A campfire or the light cast from a fireplace will certainly provide light, but it’s not very convenient or portable.
Field scientists have discovered fossilized campfire remains of charred bones that provide evidence that pre-date Homo sapiens. These remains give evidence that while those humanoids may have learned to take advantage of naturally occurring fires more than one million years ago, they hadn’t figured out yet how to kindle a fire on their own.
The evidence that early humans had learned how to master fire and light are the images found in deep caves in Western Europe; the most famous of these being in Lascaux in southwestern France. These cave paintings date back about 15,000 to 30,000 years ago. The caves are so deep and narrow that no natural light can penetrate. An artificial light source would have been needed in order for those early humans to see well enough to paint. Experts postulate that early humans formed man-made depressions in stone and simply burned a few lumps of animal fat in them to provide light. As humans evolved, so too did their light sources.
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