Our ancestors may have been using fire for cooking and warmth as far back as one million years ago.
Materials retrieved from Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa are believed to represent the earliest known examples of fire as a tool with evidence of plant ash and charred bone fragments. While modern humans did not appear until somewhere around 200,000 years ago, other species of human were around for a long time before that, including Homo Erectus, a species of upright-walking primate that would have lived as far back as 1.9 million years ago.
"Socializing around a campfire might actually be an essential aspect of what makes us human," said archaeologist Michael Chazan. "The control of fire would have been a major turning point in human evolution."
"Ash and charred bone, the earliest known evidence of controlled use of fire, reveal that human ancestors may have used fire a million years ago, a discovery that researchers say will shed light on this major turning point in human evolution."
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