Evidence from the Swartkrans cave for the earliest use of fire

  title={Evidence from the Swartkrans cave for the earliest use of fire},
  author={C. K. Brain and A. Sillent},
During recent excavations of hominid-bearing breccias in the Swartkrans cave altered bones were recovered from Member 3 (about 1.0–1.5 Myr BP) which seemed to have been burnt. We examined the histology and chemistry of these specimens and found that they had been heated to a range of temperatures consistent with that occurring in campfires. The presence of these burnt bones, together with their distribution in the cave, is the earliest direct evidence for use of fire by hominids in the fossil… Expand
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