When Was Fire Discovered?


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Archaeological evidence suggests human ancestors first discovered how to control fire about 1 million years ago, according to History.com. Findings, including burned bones and plants, suggest Homo erectus was the first hominid to wield flames; in this case, fire was probably used to cook food.

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When Was Fire Discovered?
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Evidence supporting these claims was found in a cave in South Africa, reports History.com, citing a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discovery by human ancestors of how to control fire altered the course of human evolution, allowing primitive humankind to keep warm, see at night and travel to inclement regions. Prior to this discovery, human ancestors only encountered naturally-occurring fire, such as that resulting from lightning strikes.

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