Control of Fire in the Paleolithic

  title={Control of Fire in the Paleolithic},
  author={Richard W. Wrangham},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={S303 - S313}
  • R. Wrangham
  • Published 25 May 2017
  • Geography
  • Current Anthropology
According to current evidence, Homo sapiens was unable to survive on a diet of raw wild foods. Because cooked diets have large physiological and behavioral consequences, a critical question for understanding human evolution is when the adaptive obligation to use fire developed. Archaeological evidence of fire use is scarce before ca. 400 ka, which suggests to some that the commitment to fire must have arisen in the mid-Pleistocene or later. However, weak jaws and small teeth make all proposals… 

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