Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Quest For Fire

Archaeologists in the middle east have discovered evidence that suggests humans first learned to harness and utilize fire about 350,000 years ago.  From a FoxNews release:
While the earliest evidence of fire associated with hominin activities is much older, the data presented here indicate that fire became a regular and constant part of hominin behavioral adaptations in Eurasia only after 350,000 years ago," says Ron Shimelmitz of the University of Haifa, as quoted in the Daily Mail. \
Given that modern humans are thought to date back to between 300,000 and 500,000 years ago, it seems unlikely that, as the article notes some in the field believe, that it would take our species 150,000 years to learn to control fire.  I'm no expert in this area, though I do find the speculation that always accompanies important finds such as this very interesting.