The world's oldest profession: chef

Researchers say cooking was commonplace among Homo erectus and probably originated early in their era or earlierEarly humans cooked up their first hot meals more than 1.9m years ago, long before our ancient ancestors left Africa to colonise the world, scientists claim.Researchers at Harvard University traced the origins of cooking back through the human family tree after studying tooth sizes and the feeding behaviour of monkeys, apes and modern humans.They concluded that cooking was commonplace among Homo erectus, our flat-faced, thick-browed forebears, and probably originated early in that species' reign, if not before in more primitive humans. "This is part of an emerging body of science that shows cooking itself is important for our biology; that is, we are biologically adapted for cooking food," said Chris Organ, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard.The advent of cooking was one of the most crucial episodes in the human story, allowing our ancestors to broaden their diet and extract more calories from the

The world's oldest profession: chef

Cooking dates to almost 2 million years ago

Mon 22 Aug 11 from ScienceNews

Homo erectus was first master of the kitchen: study

The first ancestor of modern humans to have mastered the art of cooking was likely homo erectus, which evolved around 1.9 million years ago, according to a US study published Monday.

Mon 22 Aug 11 from Phys.org

Evidence that humans began cooking with fire 2m years ago

Processing food played a vital role in human evolution. By boosting calorie intake, and reducing feeding time, it aided survival, say Harvard University researchers.

Tue 23 Aug 11 from Daily Mail

Cooking may be 1.9m years old, say scientists

Researchers say cooking was commonplace among Homo erectus and probably originated early in their era or earlierEarly humans cooked up their first hot meals more than 1.9m years ago, long before ...

Mon 22 Aug 11 from Guardian.co.uk

First Ancestor Of Modern Humans Developed The Art Of Cooking

? According to a new study, the first ancestor of modern humans to master the art of cooking was homo erectus. Harvard University researchers said that the ability to cook and process food allowed ...

Fri 26 Aug 11 from RedOrbit

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