Science has shaped the way we live our lives and its application has been in constant motion since the first human shaped a tool.
Some inventions cannot be attributed to their creators, simply because we have no written records of how they came to be. In this blog post, we will look back on some ancient inventions that cannot be traced to their creators, but still shaped the future of the world.
Before man invented fire, we still had to live in places that we could tolerate in terms of temperature and safety. Fire allowed man to cook what was caught in the hunt, allowing better energy transfer and less illness. It also provided safety in warding off wild animals and allowed early farmers to clear patches of land for cultivating crops. The earliest evidence of humans using fire was found in Africa and dates back 790,000 years ago
Another invention that allowed our ancestors to begin to shape humanity as we know it today was the creation of sharp blades that were used to hunt, to butcher prey, make clothes, make other tools and defend themselves from other animals, including hostile rival tribes. The earliest blades were made out of sharpened flint and rock. It is thought that the earliest blades were fashioned some 380,000 years ago in the Middle East
The wheel has often been described as one of the most important milestones in the development of early humans. Things that had to be slid over logs to move them could suddenly be transported much easier than before and loads could also be moved over long distances with little effort. Evidence suggests that the wheel was invented around 3,500 BC in the Eastern Hemisphere.
As ancient humanoids began to develop into what we recognise as modern humans, the need for clothing arose as we shed our body hair. This led to the invention of clothing in between 10 and 50,000 years ago by the Neanderthals.