The taming and use of fire was crucial in prehistory, allowing primitive humans to expand beyond Africa into the colder climates of Asia and Europe. But some think that the first use of fire was far more important and far earlier — that the use of fire dates back two million years, and brought about the changes in diet, brain, life history, and behavior that transformed the bipedal apes of ancient Africa into early humans.
In 2012, BU scientists Francesco Berna and Paul Goldberg announced evidence for controlled burning in a South African cave one million years ago.
In the latest BU Dialogue, Dr. Berna and archaeologist John Shea from Stony Brook University will discuss and debate the meaning of these findings and how they bear on current debates concerning the evolution of human bodies, behavior, and diet.
APRIL 18, 2013, 5 P.M.
HILLEL HOUSE., 4th FLOOR
213 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215
All members of the BU community are invited to join this public discussion, in which Drs. Berna and Shea will be joined by BU anthropologists to discuss the evidence from Wonderwerk Cave and the importance of fire and cooking in human evolution. Come and question the experts — and stay to join us for the concluding reception!