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CONTENTS of 59,999,999 BC- 51,000 BC Large land and aquatic mammals appear; many kinds of primates appear (almost as many go extinct); an island continent finally disappears for good; the Mediterranean valley turns into the Mediterranean Sea; human beings emerge, develop housing, clothes, lamps, and drugs, breed dogs, use horses; Mars dies (or goes dormant)

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Approximately 1,500,000 BC: Homo erectus is using fire for heat, light, and perhaps food preparation and preservation

-- Milestones in Technology, February 26, 1999, The Knoxville News-Sentinel ["http://www.knoxnews.com/"]

Certain human ancestors in Africa seem to be making controlled use of fire around 1.5 million BC.

Australopithecus (also known as Paranthropus) robustus and perhaps Homo erectus were two hominid species known to have lived in the region around 2 million BC. Scientists cannot discern which of these may have been the fire users here.

-- Bones hint at first use of fire ["http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3557077.stm"] By Paul Rincon; 22 March, 2004; news.bbc.co.uk

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Keep in mind that humanity still cannot start a fire from scratch, and so must obtain it however they can and then maintain it perpetually over generations or else risk becoming subservient to other groups, or more easily falling prey to predators or other threats from the environment.

-- lamp; Encyclopedia Britannica ["http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/printable/4/0,5722,46974,00.html"], found on or about 2-16-2000, and fire; Encyclopedia Britannica ["http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/8/0,5716,34938+1,00.html"], found on or about 2-16-2000

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