Before it was fire

More than a half million years before proto-humans first referred to it by a spoken name, they were building and using fire.  That means our ancestors cultivated fire at an earlier, more primitive stage of human evolution than previously theorized.  Archaeological evidence of fire-making implements from nearly 800,000 years ago has been found near the Jordan River in Israel, whereas early language is believed to have developed only 200,000 years ago.  It makes one wonder when many of our traits and talents took root in our developmental history, and whether much of what we deem “human” doesn’t originate from deeper evolutionary wells.

[Via enjoy your life]

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