Hey...we ALL gotta eat!!
Our small plastic Cook Fire toy is just the right size replica for your prehistoric life shoebox diorama. This little cooking fire model with plastic roasting meat will fit in a shoe box along with other examples of extinct life from the Earth's past. Add a caveman, a cave woman and child, few plastic animals, rocks, plants, grass, make a river or stream from anything that strikes your imagination, and there you go - a scene of life on our planet as it might have been thousands or millions of years ago. Our plastic toy cook fire is made of solid plastic and is quite durable. You could also use it as a miniature campfire for a diorama or for play. Be sure to take a look at our other prehistoric figurines including cave people.
Our caveman & family appear to be stylistic replicas of neanderthals, an alternate (and now extinct) evolution of human beings who lived in what is now Europe and central Asia from 600,000 years to as modern as 24,500 years ago. Neanderthals are scientifically classified as both a subspecies of human (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) and as an entirely separate human species (Homo neanderthalensis). This unique dual classification reflects a split amongst scientists regarding neanderthals relationship to modern humans.
Originally depicted by both popular culture and the scientific community as dark-skinned, hairy, over-muscled brutes, new evidence now suggests that neanderthals were more likely light-skinned with no more facial or body hair than modern humans. While neanderthals were significantly stronger than modern humans, examinations of neanderthal skulls show that the cranial capacity of neanderthals were as large as modern humans, allowing the theory that neanderthal brains were at least as large, and possibly larger, than modern human brains. Far from thoughtless brutes, it is now concluded that neanderthals existed in large social groups, had a language, and were capable of producing advanced tools and problem solving. Were you to see a neanderthal man in a modern setting, dressed in jeans and a tee shirt, you would probably think nothing more extravagant than "that dude really works out".
As a hunter-gatherer society, neanderthals certainly engaged in cooking their meat and other foodstuffs. Evidence of cooked vegetables have been found in the teeth of neanderthal skulls. Of all the cooking methods used over an open fire (the only heat source available to neanderthals), the easiest and probably oldest is roasting, where meat or large vegetables are placed on spits over the fire. While stewing or boiling food allows people to stretch their food supply by feeding more with less ingredients, roasting requires no other utensils than a sharp stick.
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