Skip to comments.300,000-year-old hearth found: Microscopic evidence shows repeated fire use in one spot over time
Posted on 01/28/2014 3:05:36 AM PST by Islander7
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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The ability to build a fire is considered “highly advanced intellectual capacity?”
In the beginning, there was no need for fire, but after The Fall ....
What tipped them off was the Bic
Fire...it was cold back then.
Certainly for a hominid of 300,000 years ago.
Test for barbecue sauce.
Microscopic evidence shows repeated fire use in one spot over time
No, microscopic evidence proves global warming.
Where’s my government grant money?
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?
Well, ever since I was a small boy we've been just this close to harnessing solar energy as a major power source.
Why can’t the say the fire simply evolved there? But no, they have to bring in intelligent design...............
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.
Where’s my flying car?
Eden would have had bacon, popcorn and beer. Of course fire was needed!
At first glance, I thought it read "Camelack." ;o)
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.
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 ...
Can they figure out what those folks were throwing on the barbie?
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Good find, thanks!
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