Meet the Homo heidelbergensis. Inhabiting the earth 800,000 years ago, the nomadic Homo heidelbergensis possessed a more complex mind than their ancestors. We know this because their brains are similar in size to modern man even though their faces were disproportionately large.
Fire was very important to the Homo heidelbergensis because it was, like, the Ice Age. They used fire for other reasons, too — for instance to scare off animals, and to cook food for easier digestion:
Homo heidelbergensis divided their survival tasks into two distinct duties: the hunters and the gatherers. The women of the tribe were the gatherers. They spent their days gathering wild plants, skinning animals, weaving baskets, preparing meals, caring for their young, and making clothing. In other words, they were Martha Stewart.
The Homo heidelbergensis men were the hunters, preying on animals such as elephants, rhinos, and large oxen. Although the men had large brains, they weren’t yet utilizing key parts of it. For instance, the Homo heidelbergensis created spears, but weren’t smart enough to know they could throw their spears, so their spears were short and heavy, requiring attack at close range:
The Homo heidelbergensis lived in bands, moving from place to place during the year in search of ripe fruit and wild animals:
But now the Homo heidelbergensis are extinct. The end.