More Support for “Early Use of Fire”

I’m sorry for the child of course. But I’m still rather pleased to read this news that the kid probably died of malnutrition as a result of withdrawal of meat from his diet.

It lends further support to my conjecture that we’ve been using Fire for more than 2 million years; in contrast to the orthodox archaeological view that half a million is more likely.

A key thing to consider is the “at least” in the articles first sentence. For humans to have suffered the consequences of withdrawal of meat, implies evolutionary adaptation which itself would itself have been the result of “at least” a couple of hundred thousand years of meat-eating. Put that together with Richard Wrangham’s observations about dramatic changes in Skull shape and diet around 2 million years back (which he puts down to cooking meat) and it’s all increasingly consistent with my suggestion that we started using fire methodically (rather than opportunistically) more than 2 million years ago as a direct result of the prolonged use and manufacture of flint tools – which are uncontroversially dated back “at least” 2.5 million years.

Anyone who’s attempted working with flint – or has a non electronic lighter – knows how easily they produce sparks and it has always seemed obvious to me that such sparks would have occasionally produced small fires in the dried brush of the savannah and that, after a few hundred thousand years it might well have occurred to even the most conservative Homo Erectus to think “hey – wait a minute…”

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JON BALKE & AMINA ALAOUI – THULATHIYAT (edit) – YouTube

this is where we were for Christmas.

Here’s one of my own photos to prove it. The music’s not bad either…

Neanderthal home made of mammoth bones discovered in Ukraine

fascinating in its own right but equally fascinating is the support it gives to Jean Auel‘s “Clan of the Cave Bear” series and its portrayal of life among the Neanderthals and Humans of that time…

Neanderthal home made of mammoth bones discovered in Ukraine.

Göbekli Tepe – Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

growing support for Graham Hancocks vision of a much older root for human civilisation.

Göbekli Tepe – Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine.

BBC News | SOUTH ASIA | Lost city ‘could rewrite history’

BBC News | SOUTH ASIA | Lost city ‘could rewrite history’.

I must have been otherwise engaged. I’ve been following Graham Hancock for years and waiting for his Underworld hypothesis to be vindicated.  I don’t remember seeing this in 2002…