What did fire do for early man?
Liz, Web post
Dr. dig responds:
Fire was extremely useful. It provided early men/women with a means of warmth and defense -- the wild animals were frightened of the fire and avoided the campsites -- and allowed them to settle in previously inhospitable areas. Before the use of fire, men/women could only eat raw foods -- meats, fruits and berries. Now cooking softened the food, allowing an expansion of the diet that helped the men/women to grow stronger. One hidden benefit of the use of fire is the effect that it had on social groups. Sitting around the warmth of the fire, men and women developed communication skills that helped their mental development.