First Fire Used 350000 Years Ago

December 15, 2014 8:02 AM

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According to a new study published in this month’s issue Journal of Human Evolution, fire was first used by man approximately 350,000 years ago. Lead author Ron Shimelmitz of the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel, and his colleagues studied artifacts previously excavated from the Tabun Cave site, located nearly 24 kilometers south of Haifa. The previously examined cave site is key to 500,000 years of human history.

The investigative team reported that the cave artifacts are mainly flint tools for cutting and scraping. The scientists studied the flint tools and flint debris from roughly 100 layers of sediments in the lowest 16 meters of deposits there. This aided them in determining when fire became a regular ...

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