Medical News Our ancestors may have begun barbecuing 1.5 million years ago

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22 July 2019

Ancient hominins used fire to cook foodMaor Winetrob / Alamy
By Colin BarrasDid cooking make us human? New evidence from Kenya suggests early hominins were roasting meat over fires 1.5 million years ago. The discovery pushes back evidence of fire use by hundreds of thousands of years, and lends weight to the idea that cooked food helped trigger the evolution of big-brained humans.
“It’s very exciting,” says Sarah Hlubik at Rutgers University in New Jersey. “This is the oldest site to date with evidence of human ancestors using fire.”
Hlubik and her colleagues found the evidence at …

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