We can learn a lot about ourselves by learning about our ancestors.
Australopithecus afarensis and Homo erectus are human ancestors who lived between two and three million years ago. They looked like a species that was half ape and half human. Australopithecus afarensis was a lot smaller than humans today at just over three feet tall. Homo erectus, however, was as tall as humans are today.
Ancestors like Australopithecus afarensis and Homo erectus made tools to butcher and cook animals just like us. Using stone, they made tools such as knives, scrapers, and axes.
They domesticated prehistoric animals like fierce aurochs, a type of wild cow, to become the first farm animals. Early humans used these cows to provide people with food and clothing. This process began about 15,000 years ago. They were slowly bred over time to become calm and quiet animals.
Prehistoric life is a very interesting subject. While we may not know absolutely everything about how early humans lived, we can say that we are a lot more like our like our ancestors than we previously thought. We learn more about how we are related every day.
[Source: 100 Things You Should Know About Prehistoric Life]