When did humans discover how to use fire?

Fires blazed the way for humans to evolve into the species we are today. Scientists suspect that without a control over fire, humans probably would never have developed large brains and the benefits that come along with it. But when did humans first discover how to use fire?

“That’s a tricky question,” said Ian Tattersall, a paleoanthropologist and curator emeritus of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. “Maybe the evidence for fire doesn’t preserve very well, and what we’re seeing is just the remnants of what was previously a much more rich record. But again, that’s guesswork. We don’t know.”

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