When did humans discover Fire?

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Fire, that bright, burning “thing” that we humans take for granted. It seems like it’s always been around. From cooking our food to keeping warm, camp fires in the park to the depths of Hell, fire has been an ever-present object in the history of man. Fire has always existed. In fact, the Sun is greatest ball of fire (and gas) in our solar system.

So this begets the question: when did humans discover fire?




In ancient times, the Greeks believed that the mythical Titan, Prometheus, was the first to give the gift of fire to man. Persian myth tells that it was the legendary King Hooshang who discovered fire when he was attempting to kill a demon with a stone but hit another rock instead. This created a spark that burst into a flame. In all honesty, no one really knows exactly when people discovered and learned how to utilize fire. However, this is a good deal of evidence that indicates that fire was at used by humans as early as 400,000 BCE.

Fire was probably the most useful natural wonder ever discovered. Its heat allowed mankind to keep warm and live in colder climates and also provided a natural source of light when the sun set. It allowed food to be cooked, thereby killing harmful bacteria that could cause disease or even death. After all, cooked food is much easier on the stomach to digest than raw. Due to this over time, mankind’s digestive tracts shrunk, allowing for better nutrition which led to bigger brains and longer lifespans.

Not a bad discovery indeed.


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