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Neanderthal cooking and the costs of fire

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Henry,  Amanda G.
Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Society;

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Henry, A. G. (2017). Neanderthal cooking and the costs of fire. Current Anthropology, 58, 329-336. doi:10.1086/692095.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-E029-6
Abstract
While it is clear that Neanderthals used fire for cooking their foods in some times and places, the record of their use of fire is somewhat patchy. We should not assume that Neanderthals had the same relationship with fire that we do; as a technological/cultural behavior, fire may be better understood as a tool that was used only when the costs of manufacture and maintenance were outweighed by the benefits.