Ice Hunters

Being an ice hunter and gatherer was not an easy life. These prehistoric nomadic groups were widespread over Africa, Asia, and even Europe.  These are people from 2 million years ago that were the very beginning of what we call man today. Although most of the world doesn’t have these types of groups any longer, there are still parts of the world that you can find them.

The early lives of humans would have to learn how to make a fire, cook, hunt, and gather food. The Ice Hunters would hunt for food, materials for clothing, and shelter. Many of these groups would travel across the land in search of food and better living opportunities.

These are the first people and they would learn to hunt for their meat and not eat what was left behind by other predators. This meat-filled diet led to the changes that were seen over the course of evolution. It caused the digestive track to shorten and the brain to become larger. Those that adapted to the colder climates were called Ice Hunters.

The discovery of fire

Once they discovered that fire is good for cooking and warding off predators, they began to make a turning point in the evolution. This allowed them to venture where it was colder, but they would have heat. Controlled heat is said to go back as far as 1 million years ago.  This allowed the people to further expand into unknown areas and hunt much larger prey that would feed their entire village. Further down the line of evolution, these people would learn how to make weapons from bones and stone and improve their chances of survival.

These new tools would help the Ice Hunters build better shelters and expand their food from not being only meat.  As their brains developed and advanced they would understand what plants were edible and the life cycle of plants.

During the time that the ice hunters were learning about plants and such, there was also a great divide in genders.  As the prey was getting larger, the men would go out and hunt while the women would prepare the food and do the gathering.  Everyone in the village would work together for the survival of the village.

Where do Ice Hunters live?

These people would live in the caves, handmade shelters, or huts made of wood, rock, mud, and bone. As they would improve their skills and ability to build shelter, the shelters would become more and more semi-permanent. And, they would start to roam less.

Ice hunters would rely on the land as a sole source of food. However, as the people evolved they would learn how to have domesticated animals and wouldn’t have it as hard as the Ice hunters. They would further learn how to farm and produce their own agriculture.

However, this is not a transition that happened quickly. It was slow and over time.  But, eventually, the ice hunters became us, the modern-day lazy human. While there are still pockets of these sorts of beings on the planet. Most of us will never encounter them.


I have been camping and going outdoors for over 15 years! My first experience was when I joined the scouts. There I learned a lot. From building a campfire to set up a really big tent. Then I know this is awesome. Around 2005 I also started Geocaching. This is a lot of fun. And every time we go camping we look at the map to see if there are some nice caches around.

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