Evidence of 'earliest fire use'

There's evidence for South Africa giving birth to wood-fired cuisine, but prehistory's real pioneers may never get their creditSome time around one million years ago, a couple of the brighter members of homo erectus carried some wood 30 metres inside their cave in South Africa, lit a fire and sat down to a cooked meal. We know this because a team of scientists from Boston University, led by Francesco Berna, have discovered the burned bones and ashes of plant material created by what appears to be a controlled fire.This may have all sorts of important archaeological and evolutionary implications as the ashes pre-date the previous oldest evidence for man-made fires, at a site in Israel, by 200,000 years. But it also throws up one striking and rather less scientific ramification: the randomness of accreditation.Think about it. Until a few days ago, the world happily believed that wood-fired cuisine probably started in the Middle East and now that whole theory has been blown out the water. That branch of early ma

Evidence of 'earliest fire use'

An international team of scientists says they have new evidence that our ancestors were using fire as early as a million years ago.

Tue 3 Apr 12 from BBC News

Cave holds earliest sign of fire-use

Evidence suggets that the use of fire may have started one million years ago.

Mon 2 Apr 12 from ABC Science

From the ashes, the oldest controlled fire

South Africa cave yields earliest evidence of human ancestors lighting blaze

Mon 2 Apr 12 from ScienceNews

Million-year-old ash hints at origins of cooking

South African cave yields earliest evidence for human use of fire.

Mon 2 Apr 12 from Nature News

Ash traces hint at cave cuisine 1 million years ago

The record of our ancestors' earliest fires has been pushed back, reigniting the debate over whether human anatomy was changed by cooking

Mon 2 Apr 12 from Newscientist

Human ancestors used fire one million years ago, archaeologist find

An international team led by the University of Toronto and Hebrew University has identified the earliest known evidence of the use of fire by human ancestors. Microscopic traces of wood ash, ...

Mon 2 Apr 12 from Phys.org

Which bright spark invented the barbecue? We'll never know for sure | John Crace

There's evidence for South Africa giving birth to wood-fired cuisine, but prehistory's real pioneers may never get their creditSome time around one million years ago, a couple of the brighter ...

Tue 3 Apr 12 from Guardian.co.uk

Human beings were using fire a million years ago - 300,000 years earlier than previously thought

Traces of ash mixed with million-year-old bones and tools have been uncovered in the Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa.

Tue 3 Apr 12 from Daily Mail

Human ancestors used fire earlier than thought, study says

Charred bones in a South African cave suggest that Homo erectus was utilizing fire a million years ago, and may even have been cooking, researchers say.Flame-bearing Prometheus may have visited ...

Mon 2 Apr 12 from L.A. Times

Humans Used Fire 1 Million Years Ago

The discovery may shed light on a major turning point in human evolution.

Mon 2 Apr 12 from Discovery News

Bookmark

Bookmark and Share