New research suggests that fire to cook food 600,000 years before previously . Archeologists from the Tel Aviv University's Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Israel that our early ancestors fish with fire 770,000 years ago. The archaeologists that these prehistoric humans, who alongside the banks of the Jordan River in what present-day northern Israel, used fire to cook the "huge fish" they caught in a nearby lake. They say their finding is the earliest recorded evidence of food being . Until this new discovery, scientists the first "definitive evidence" of cooking was by Neanderthals and early Homo sapiens, around 170,000 years ago.
Lead researcher Irit Zohar spent 16 years ancient fish bones and the enamel on fish teeth. Her analysis that the grilled or baked fish had been 770 millennia ago. She told the AFP news agency that: "It was like a puzzle, with more and more information until we could make a story about human evolution." She added that her biggest conundrum was to whether or not the fish had been raw and then their bones thrown into the fire, or whether it had been cooked first. She said: "The whole question about exposure to fire is whether it is about rid of remains or a desire to ." She said the fish were two-metre-long carp, that would have particularly succulent when cooked.