Did cavemen live in caves?

The people of the stone age period lived in caves. More precisely, they used to take shelter in caves in dire situations such as for protection against the harsh weather or wild animals. The people of the stone age were nomads – they were not habituated with living in one place for extended periods of time. Instead, they used to move around, hunt for food and sustenance and move on to the next place when the resources of that particular area had been depleted.

The Homo erectus and Neanderthals species of human beings were found during the Stone Age.

Stone Age Period:

  • The advent of the stone age period was 2.5 million years ago and lasted till about 3,300 B.C.
  • This era is called the stone age as it marks the beginning of the use of stones by humans.
  • During this time, the human species learned to use stone in different ways such as making weapons, using the stone caves as shelter, etc.
  • Human beings frequently took shelter in stone caves in order to protect themselves from the harsh climate and wild animals. That is why humans of this period are frequently referred to as ‘cavemen’.
  • The presence of cavemen during this period was deduced from the paintings or sculptures, made by them, found within stone caves.
  • It is said to be a symbol or a way of communication.
  • Cavemen were hunter-gatherers. They used to take shelter in caves. Hunters needed a safe spot from which they could hide from wild animals and subsequently hunt them when the opportunity arose.
  • The drawings found in such caves show a level of creativity behaviorally comparable to the modern humans of the last glacial period.
  • Hence, the name caveman is given to the people of that age.

Fun Facts:

  1. There is also a theory that says cavemen used pictures and drawings to tell stories.
  2. Human species used to live in caves at the beginning of the stone age period.
  3. People learned farming at the end of the stone age period.

Additional Questions:

  1. Who were the Neanderthals?
  2. Which time period is considered as stone age period?
  3. Why did people live in caves?

True or False:

  1. Stone-age people were named due to their use of stone.
  2. Stone age people included Homo erectus species of human beings.
  3. The stone age is considered to have occurred 2.5 million years ago.
  4. Caveman were people who used to live in caves.
  5. Cavemen were habituated with living in one place.

Objective Quiz:

  1. The people of the stone age period were _________.
    1. Not habituated with living in the same place.
    2. Not habituated with moving around much.
    3. Habituated to living in the same place.
    4. None of the above.
  2. The stone age period includes human species such as _______.
    1. Homo erectus.
    2. Neanderthals.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.
  3. The stone age period was considered for about _________.
    1. A 2.5 million years ago to the 3,300 BC.
    2. A 5.5 million years ago to the 3,300 BC.
    3. A 2.5 million years ago to the 3,300 BC.
    4. None of the above.
  4. Caveman’s used to practice __________.
    1. Hunter-gatherers.
    2. Hunter-hunting.
    3. Gathering-gathers.
    4. None of the above.
  5. Living in the cave was mostly because of ________.
    1. Extreme climatic conditions.
    2. To hide from wild animals.
    3. Both 1) and 2).
    4. None of the above.

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