Originally posted by sonhouse
They found solid evidence for fire making ability almost 800,000 years ago! The timeframe for Quest for fire was about 80,000 years ago.
A great flick IMO, Rae Dawn Chong stars.
If its the movie I remember then it is about a group of people that do not know how to start a fire, who go on a search for someone else who has fire. This could occur at any time, even today, all it requires is a group that is ignorant of the skill. I believe that in the movie they met other tribes that did know how to start fires. The story was not about the first group of people to use or start fire.
I suspect though that we are fairly dependent on cooked food for survival and it is possible that a group that did no know how to start a fire would not last very long (though the group in the movie did know how to keep a fire going once they had obtained it.)