- 3:30 pm on Thursday, April 18, 2013
- 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 18, 2013
- Panel discussion in the Hillel Center, 4th Floor
The taming of fire was crucial in prehistory, allowing primitive humans to expand beyond Africa into the colder climates of Asia and Europe. Some think tending fire brought significant changes in diet, brain, life history, and behavior that transformed the bipedal apes of ancient Africa into early humans. Others are not so sure that mastering fire came about early enough in human prehistory to have caused these changes.
The 7th BU Dialogue in Biological Anthropology brings together two experts to discuss and debate this controversial topic. BU's own Professor Francesco Berna — who (along with colleague Paul Goldberg) recently reported evidence compatible with controlled burning from a South African cave site dating to over a million years ago — will be joined by Professor John Shea (Stony Brook), who raises critical questions about the evidence for early fire and its consequences for human evolution.