Million-year-old ash hints at origins of cooking

  title={Million-year-old ash hints at origins of cooking},
  author={Matt Kaplan},
  • M. Kaplan
  • Published 2 April 2012
  • Psychology
  • Nature
South African cave yields earliest evidence for human use of fire. 
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