‘Galilean Man’ Invented Pyrotechnology Over 300,000 Years Ago, Team Suggests

Early modern humans living in Qesem Cave 420,000 to 200,000 years ago heated flints by the fire before shaping them into specific tools, Israeli researchers conclude

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Hominins living in Qesem Cave over 400,000 years ago were happily roasting meat on open fires. It seems they were also heating flints by, if not inside, the hearth, all-but-imperceptibly modifying the rocks and rendering them easier to shape into tools, suggests a new paper in Nature Human Behavior.

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