How did the first person die

When did the first person live?

(hp) You certainly know that man was not created from clay in just one day, as described in the Bible, but that he developed over many millions of years from the prehistoric and prehistoric man to his present, highly developed form. Strictly speaking, we humans belong to the large family of great apes. The last common ancestors of humans and monkeys lived about 6 million years ago, then our ways parted: From one branch of the family tree today's chimpanzees developed and from the other branch today's humans.

But when on this long journey did our ancestors become the first humans?

This first direct ancestor of man even walked on two legs 6 million years ago - but he had little in common with modern man today: He could neither speak, nor use tools or fire. On top of that, he looked a lot like a monkey with his very long arms and short legs. That is why scientists see him as one of our ancestors, but not yet as a human, but rather call him a “pre-human”.

For about 2.5 million years these pre-humans developed further until they learned to use, for example, sharp stones as striking tools or the sharp edges of shattered stones as simple cutting tools. But it took another 1 million years for our ancestors to develop to the point where they didn't just pick up simple tools from the ground. Now you were able to make more complicated tools yourself out of stone, wood, bone or horn. It is possible that by this time they were already using the fire and were able to communicate using a sign language and perhaps even a very simple language. And although the brain of our ancestors at that time was not even half as big as that of today's humans, scientists speak of this ancestor as a "primal human".

Over the course of the next 500,000 to 1 million years, this prehistoric man developed into "Homo erectus", as scientists call him, and which they now consider to be an "early man". Translated from the Latin language, the name Homo erectus means "erect person". All ancestors of this early man walked upright on two legs - but when this new early man appeared 2 million years ago, his physique differed very significantly from his ancestors: he saw a modern person with his significantly shorter arms and longer legs already very similar and his gait would hardly have been distinguishable from that of a human today. He could start fires himself and already went hunting together. His brain was almost as big as ours, too. Nevertheless, it would be very difficult to speak of this Homo erectus as the first person to live in the world.

Because although the so-called “now man” or “modern man” developed from him in the next millennia, it is not possible to define exactly when the threshold from prehistoric and early man to modern, contemporary man was crossed.