The pyrophilic primate hypothesis

@article{Parker2016ThePP,
  title={The pyrophilic primate hypothesis},
  author={C. Parker and Earl R Keefe and N. Herzog and J. O'connell and K. Hawkes},
  journal={Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues},
  year={2016},
  volume={25}
}
Members of genus Homo are the only animals known to create and control fire. The adaptive significance of this unique behavior is broadly recognized, but the steps by which our ancestors evolved pyrotechnic abilities remain unknown. Many hypotheses attempting to answer this question attribute hominin fire to serendipitous, even accidental, discovery. Using recent paleoenvironmental reconstructions, we present an alternative scenario in which, 2 to 3 million years ago in tropical Africa, human… Expand
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