How Cooked Food Made Us Human


Posted in History | Neat | Smart by on September 30th, 2011

Richard Wrangham, a  Harvard anthropology professor, reported conclusions from his study regarding humans and evolution.  Wrangham determined that our primitive ancestors evolved from the apes simply by cooking food.  Wrangham also further hypothesized that cooking was a crucial aspect of human evolution because cooked foods were digested more efficiently and gave habilines (our human-ape ancestors)  more energy to hunt, think, and invent tools.   Wrangham believes cooking also helped early humans survive, reproduce, and pass on cooking skills to offspring ensuring physical changes like bigger brains and bodies.  He has a good argument.  Here’s How Cooked Food Made Us Human.


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