In the lands of Israel they knew how to cook fish on fire 780 thousand years ago

(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers at Tel Aviv University’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History have discovered the oldest evidence for the use of fire for cooking. Prehistoric people started cooking over fire at least 780,000 years ago.

According to archaeologists, the ability to cook food turned out to be a key stage in human evolution and made it possible for ancient hominids to spend less time chewing and digesting hard, raw food. This was the impetus for the development of the brain.

It was believed that people started using fire for cooking about 170,000 years ago. But a new study has shifted that date. Scientists have identified the burnt teeth of a large fish at the archaeological site of Gesher-Benot Yaakov (Galilee, Israel).

By examining them in detail, scientists were able to determine that the fish were exposed to low temperatures that are suitable for cooking. On the same lands, experts found burnt stones and other evidence that there used to be a hearth here.


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