Early Man Cooked Food 780,000 Years Ago, 600,000 More Than Thought

Caveman in animal skin kindles a fire in the forest

At a glance

  • International Team of Leading Israeli Universities Finds Oldest Evidence of the Controlled Use of Fire to Cook Food
  • The remains of a huge carp fish (2 meters/6.5 feet length), analyzed by the Hebrew University, Bar-Ilan University Tel Aviv University, in collaboration with Oranim Academic College, the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research institution, the Natural History Museum in London, and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, mark the earliest signs of cooking by prehistoric human to 780,000 years ago, predating the available data by some 600,000 years.

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