Essential Skills Used By Our Ancestors To Survive

Essential Skills Used By Our Ancestors To Survive

I’d like to share with you some real reasons that determined me to be a survivalist. A real fact is that the information processed within our brain has changed considerably over time.

You should also know that there are some essential skills used by our ancestors to survive, but which the majority has now forgotten.

Urbanized humans will be helpless in the wild because they failed to retain these vital skills. This happens only because today’s people believe they don’t need them anymore.


Notwithstanding, Paleolithic ancestors used their brains to evolve while doing some remarkable things. So, let me offer you a picture of what our ancestors knew, and how they applied this knowledge to survive daily life.

Tracking animals was a significant step in human evolution. The identification of pride of large cats or sign of scavengers (e.g. hyenas) could bring the first survivalists close to:

  • Where a possible kill site is;
  • Potential scavenging opportunities of meat, marrow from the bones, etc.
  • Places you want to avoid.

Humans had an evolved aptitude for throwing stems to hunt or scare away predators from a kill. Also, an interesting fact is that snares, bows, and arrows may have been used as far back as approximatively 70,000 years ago.

The ancient kids were able to see the size of the animal, gender, and likely future behavior. By having this ability, they   had a better picture of their hunting territory and how to position themselves to have a successful hunt.

Knowing what is edible and how to medicate

Sadly, this information is one of our massive losses regarding forgotten survival skills. That knowledge of the plant was specific to each ecosystem, and it would have contained the nuances of conditions, appearance, and preparation. Today, the best thing we have is the “universal edibility test.” It involves a gradual introduction of a certain plant to the body in a series of steps.

Navigational skills

Our early ancestors traveled great distances without any maps or GPS. The middle Paleolithic humans were capable of traveling or trading within hundreds of miles from the places where they were living.

While humans have this developed sense of spatial cognition, today, people from everywhere still depend on navigation aids while out in the unfamiliar terrain.

Native Americans were recorded to bend over trees pointing in an appropriate direction to help them.

The indigenous sailors of Micronesia made cordage, and shell spider web-style maps to convey relative distance to differen

t islands and also directions of the safest places represented by a shell.

Apache men who reached the age would be expected to travel several hundred miles to raid a village that they had never known. They were capable of memorizing the route through the use of some sticks. Remarkably, the young men would read back the directions as they slid their fingers over the notches.

Making clothes

People had a diversity of clothes made of everything such as leather, woven palm leaf, cedar tree bark, etc. Each of them had different properties and purposes.

The Middle Paleolithic humans were hunting and were likely making containers and cordage. This means that they would have had many technologies with which to make clothing. As people moved into colder areas, clothing technology would have had to be well developed just to survive.

Group survival

Indeed, this hypothetical team would first have to discover what the nutritional resources are in the area. Then, the group would discover the way to hunt or gather them, how to process them and where they should be prioritizing their struggle. A hunter-gatherer who had been taught to observe the nature and identify animal behavior would be capable of adapting to a change in the ecosystem by employing their already developed powers of observation, deduction, and intuition.

The only solution for urbanized people trapped in a survival situation would be a strong leadership who understands group survival dynamics. This leader would need to be someone who could employ the efforts of their team in an efficient way that brings in the easiest to gather nutritional resources while learning how to acquire the harder tasks.

The real survival skill

For ancient people these weren’t any survival skills, they were the realities of everyday life. These people were born into a material way of life with goods and skills obtained from an early age. Our ancestors would have had neighboring tribes and welded social connections with other groups that they could rely on when things went bad.

To tell you more, Kalahari children grew up learning how to track insects and lizards and read their signs to hunt them with small bows. This sort of training can prepare anyone mentally for identifying the behavior of the animal and the traces they leave behind.

What’s more, groups that lived in challenging environments were very attuned to subtle changes in the terrain. Having this ability told them valuable info such as the proximity to water, a slight change in climate, etc.

On the contrary, the modern people lack many efficient habits, and it would be an effective way for you to stay tuned to my advice.

Follow my next articles because I’ll keep you up to date with any future events.

Stay safe! Stay prepared!

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