Human adaptation to the control of fire

  title={Human adaptation to the control of fire},
  author={R. Wrangham and R. Carmody},
  journal={Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues},
Charles Darwin attributed human evolutionary success to three traits. Our social habits and anatomy were important, he said, but the critical feature was our intelligence, because it led to so much else, including such traits as language, weapons, tools, boats, and the control of fire. Among these, he opined, the control of fire was ‘‘probably the greatest ever [discovery] made by man, excepting language.’’ Despite this early suggestion that the control of fire was even more important than tool… Expand
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