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Earliest evidence of man-made fire

Postby Brian Jordan » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:36 pm

Human ancestors first gathered around campfires a million years ago, 300,000 years earlier than previously thought, scientists have discovered.

Traces of wood ash uncovered next to fragments of animal bones and stone tools in South African caves are the earliest known evidence of human ancestors using fire.
The findings suggest the art of making fire may have begun among species as primitive as Homo erectus, the first early humans to become hunter-gatherers.
The relics were found at the Wonderwerk Cave, a well-known archaeological site near the edge of the Kalahari Desert holding a wide range of evidence of early human occupation.
University of Toronto and Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers found the traces of ashed plant remnants and charred fragments of bone preserved in million-year-old sediment.
Both the ash and bone appeared to have been burned at the site, rather than be blown into the cave by wind or washed in by water, they reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/evolution/9180878/Earliest-evidence-of-man-made-fire.htmlSorry, I put this in Freeforall by mistake, now in News&Links
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Re: Earliest evidence of man-made fire

Postby Michael » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:41 pm

Austin did C14 dating on the ashes and charcoal and found it was much younger
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Re: Earliest evidence of man-made fire

Postby Chris Sergeant » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:34 pm

Austin did C14 dating on the ashes and charcoal and found it was much younger
Do I presume the real estimate of age was done with cosmogenic burial & paleomagnetic methods?
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