Fire in the belly - evidence suggests early man may have cooked
April 2nd, 2012
03:15 PM ET
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You may be clueless about how to start a fire in the wilderness without matches or a lighter, but our ancestors may have figured it out long ago.

Scientists have uncovered evidence that humans used fire at least 1 million years ago, potentially for cooking purposes. The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Michael Chazon of the University of Toronto led an investigation into the Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa. The team found burned bones and ash plant material, including grasses, leaves and twigs. The bones originated from a variety of animals: small rodents, antelopes and horselike mammals.

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  1. Barney Rubble

    Betty and Wilma are cooking up some Godzilla tail for dinner. Y'all come on over.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Kim Jong Ill

      Gah-zirrrha?!?! Oh, noez!

      April 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    But humans aren't supposed to eat meat.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Pittsburg

      Nope! Never. Unless it's charred on the outside and bleeding on the inside.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Mmmmm.....tasty flesh muscle.

        April 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Mark

      And I bet they didn't weigh 500 lbs and ride around Disney World on Rascals.

      April 3, 2012 at 10:51 am |
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