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+ - Did our ancient ancestors cook 1 million years ago?-> 1

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techfun89
techfun89 writes "Scientists have uncovered the remains of an ancient fire that is at least 1 million years old at the Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa. It is speculated that the fire was used for cooking. This is according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The investigation was led by Michael Chazan of the University of Toronto. The team located burned bones and ash plant material that included grasses, leaves and twigs. The bones were from animals ranging from small rodents to horselike mammals.

There was no evidence that the materials found were burned outside then brought into the cave or that a wildfire might have spread from the area surrounding the cave."

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