Comparing Modern Humans To Our Ancient Ancestors

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The Paleolithic era is known as the time when early humans developed tools made out of stone, hence the name “ Old Stone Age”. This dates back to one of the times in prehistory and is regarded as the stage where the human developed. The early people of the Paleolithic era were hunters and gatherers, which meant they survived on either what they could kill or eating berries and nuts. Today, the contemporary human has since evolved to a more dominant species, are more technologically advanced, have written language, and no longer have to rely on killing animals to survive. Although many things have changed over the centuries, I believe that we still have some aspects that are similar to our ancestors. Some aspects that the prehistoric people have in common with the modern humans are tools and architecture, their culture, and their use of spoken language.
The early humans were primarily hunters and gatherers but we manage to find evidence of other activities such as using tools and building structures. Some examples of stone tools that were developed during their time were cleavers, chisels, grinders, hand axes, arrows and spearheads. I believe this is an aspect that we have in common with the early humans because they knew how to develop tools and be innovative like the modern human today. With the prehistoric human’s discovery of making fire through tools, another similar aspect comes into play, and that is in cooking. According to Henry M. Sayre, the early hominids “ cut their meat with flint tools and ate steaks and marrow. (Pg. 4)” This shows that the Paleolithic people did not eat raw food like most carnivores, but instead cooked the meat so it could taste better. As of date, the contemporary humans still put their food on the fire and eat steak like our ancestors did. Since they had innovative tools to utilize, the early man also built structures and an example of a Paleolithic building is the mammoth bone house that was created around 16,000 to 10,000 BCE in Mezhirich, Ukraine. This house was made for shelter and protection but was constructed purely from mammoth tusks, shoulder blades, and jawbones. Another structure that was built later in time was the Göbekli Tepe, which is located in Turkey. This ancient structure was built around 9000 BCE (early Neolithic) but was recently excavated in the early 1990’s. According to lecture, it is said there were still hunters and gatherers among the Neolithic community during the time because the ones who created the Göbekli Tepe left no significant sign of settlement around the area. If the evidence from lecture was true, then I believe it is a clear sign that the early hominids knew architecture like modern humans. Today, the contemporary humans have built more complex and larger monuments like the World Trade Center, which stood around 541 meters tall before it was destroyed in 2001. Despite the fact, I still think it is amazing that our early ancestors had the ability to create...

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