PROMETHEUS AND PREHISTORY: Fire and Human Origins (Spring 2013) Roundtable Discussion

Our spring dialogues in biological anthropology was "PROMETHEUS AND PREHISTORY: Fire and Human [...]Origins."

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 this 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.

Tags: Anthropology, dialogues, biological anthropology, prometheus, spring 2013

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