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300,000-year-old hearth found: Microscopic evidence shows repeated fire use in one spot over time
Science Daily ^ | Jan 27, 2014 | Weizmann Institute of Science

Posted on 01/28/2014 3:05:36 AM PST by Islander7

Summary:

When did humans really begin to control fire and use it for their daily needs? Scientists discovered in the Qesem Cave, an archaeological site near present-day Rosh Ha'ayin, the earliest evidence -- dating to around 300,000 years ago -- of unequivocal repeated fire building over a continuous period. These findings help answer the question and hint that those prehistoric humans already had a highly advanced social structure and intellectual capacity.

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TOPICS: Education; History; Reference; Science
KEYWORDS: archeology; cave; evidence; fire; found; godsgravesglyphs; hearth; history; letshavejerusalem; microscopic; qesem; qesemcave; repeated; roshhaayin; science; spot; time; use

1 posted on 01/28/2014 3:05:36 AM PST by Islander7
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping pang a dinga lang


2 posted on 01/28/2014 3:06:11 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Islander7

The ability to build a fire is considered “highly advanced intellectual capacity?”


3 posted on 01/28/2014 3:09:04 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Actually ... it's the other way around ...

In the beginning, there was no need for fire, but after The Fall ....

4 posted on 01/28/2014 3:10:19 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

What tipped them off was the Bic


5 posted on 01/28/2014 3:11:20 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Islander7

Fire...it was cold back then.


6 posted on 01/28/2014 3:56:05 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Islander7
They made a documentary about this:


7 posted on 01/28/2014 4:16:55 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Certainly for a hominid of 300,000 years ago.


8 posted on 01/28/2014 4:55:09 AM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: muir_redwoods

Test for barbecue sauce.


9 posted on 01/28/2014 8:29:42 AM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: Islander7; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks Islander7. Early Zoroastrians, or maybe the world's longest-running take-out place.

10 posted on 01/29/2014 5:30:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Islander7

Microscopic evidence shows repeated fire use in one spot over time


No, microscopic evidence proves global warming.

Where’s my government grant money?


11 posted on 01/29/2014 5:32:56 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Islander7

I think we continue to underestimate both the cultural and technological sophistication of our ancient ancestors.

Another angle that fascinates me is to consider the number of times that major technological discoveries were -almost- made, but didn’t happen. For example: How agonizingly close were we to having electricity harnessed perhaps hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of years earlier? How many Stone Age artisans -almost- discovered iron and steel before somebody finally did?

Things like the so-called “Baghdad battery” or Heron of Alexandria’s steam engine amaze me... Mainly because they were -so- close to something revolutionary. Yet for some reason, key dots remained unconnected.

Which all begs the question of course: What future discoveries and revolutionary technologies are we just -ever- so close to, yet haven’t quite pieced together yet?


12 posted on 01/29/2014 6:42:48 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ramius
What future discoveries and revolutionary technologies are we just -ever- so close to, yet haven’t quite pieced together yet?

Well, ever since I was a small boy we've been just this close to harnessing solar energy as a major power source.

13 posted on 01/29/2014 6:44:51 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Heh.


14 posted on 01/29/2014 7:00:13 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Islander7

Why can’t the say the fire simply evolved there? But no, they have to bring in intelligent design...............


15 posted on 01/29/2014 7:07:19 PM PST by PeterPrinciple
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To: Cowboy Bob

Yeah, if your entire culture’s existence was and is little more than hunting and gathering and crawling under foliage in caves, when the very concept of fire is largely nonexistent beyond a rare bizarre terrifying encounter.


16 posted on 01/29/2014 7:13:01 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: Ramius

Where’s my flying car?


17 posted on 01/29/2014 8:26:12 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: knarf

Eden would have had bacon, popcorn and beer. Of course fire was needed!


18 posted on 01/29/2014 8:31:03 PM PST by Larry Lucido (If you like your all your base, you can keep your all your base. - CATS)
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To: minnesota_bound
"Test for barbecue sauce."

At first glance, I thought it read "Camelack." ;o)


19 posted on 01/29/2014 9:34:29 PM PST by Flotsam_Jetsome (Who issued the standdown order and where was pResident "Obama"?)
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To: Ramius
Yeah?
Well
Didja' ever consider you walk on air ?

stand on a smooth piece of glass and aim an electron microscope right at the point where foot and glass touch, and you will see stactites and stalagmites... some touching each other (top and bottom) and some not.

Focus on one pair of stalactite and stalagmite that touch each other, zoom way, way, WAY in at that point asnd you will see ... stalactites and stalagmites ... some touching each other and some not.

Keep zooming in until we get down to the atoms, and everybody KNOWS those pesky electrons are whizzing around the nucleus just resisting the atomic laws of unlike signs attract, and they are not imploding ... and they're not really touching each other ... just sort of attracted to one another in cohesion and ...

we walk on air.

20 posted on 01/30/2014 2:43:37 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

And just THIS close to perfecting communism ... and winning the war on poverty (ironically we need to make taxpayers poor to win the war on poverty), and the war on drugs .. victory JUST around the corner, and ...


21 posted on 01/30/2014 2:45:45 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Islander7; SunkenCiv

Can they figure out what those folks were throwing on the barbie?


22 posted on 01/30/2014 3:14:22 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: SunkenCiv

please add me to your ping list. thanks.


23 posted on 06/14/2014 9:09:43 PM PDT by mrb123
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To: Islander7

Good find, thanks!


24 posted on 06/14/2014 9:13:54 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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