The Homo Erectus survived the longest time period because of specific survival strategies. For example, the Homo Erectus had bigger brains than the Homo Habilis (Handy Man). This capability gave the Homo Erectus the advantage to build stronger tools. These tools could kill more animals for food, they could sharpen their spears, and use them for weapons. One tool would be a stone hand axe. Another thing the Homo Erectus did was building shelters. This allowed them to survive longer because they weren’t out in the open. Which made them safe from predators. The Homo Erectus were the creators of fire. This gave them huge advantages. For example, the fire supplied warmth, the ability to cook food, and they used it for hunting.