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Earliest Signs of Human-Controlled Fire Uncovered in Israel

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Science  30 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5671, pp. 663-665
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5671.663a

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Scientific journals have been ablaze with claims and counterclaims about when humans first controlled fire. Now an Israeli team adds more fuel, reporting on page 725 new findings that push the earliest credible evidence back to 790,000 years ago--more than three times earlier than the previously accepted date.