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Researchers claim evidence for humans using fire one million years ago

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In “Evolutionary anthropology: Homo ‘incendius’” (Nature, May 23, 2012),

Richard G. Roberts and Michael I. Bird report,

An analysis of microscopic and spectroscopic features of sediments deposited in a South African cave one million years ago suggests that human ancestors were using fire much earlier than had been thought.

Nature 485, 586–587 (31 May 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11195)

By the way, now that UD News has trademarked the term “much earlier than had been thought,” we are sending Nature a bill for $18, or – if they prefer – free instant access to the article. 😉

Seriously, see also:

Musical instruments pushed back by about 7,000 years

Neanderthals used red ochre pigment 250,000 years ago

Human evolution: Artists’ workshop from 100,000 years ago

Complex tools discovered from 350,000 years earlier than expected

Stone tools nearly 2 million years old – and Michael Cremo is still wrong?

Is the human race really only 200 thousand years old?

Note: Prometheus, in an ancient Greek legend, stole fire from the gods. He was chained thereafter.

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