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How do you think cooking was discovered?

Nobody can know for sure, since the discovery took place before we evolved into homo sapiens. There is an interesting recent theory that cooking was in fact what made the evolution possible.

The general consensus is that cooking was discovered by accident, perhaps from retrieving a singed carcass from a fire. I would like to think that the discovery was deliberate. I picture some member of homo erectus, perhaps a juvenile, standing at the edge of a small fire and, out of sheer curiosity, placing a piece of food at the end of a stick and then moving the stick over the fire. If homo erectus was smart enough to tame fire, surely he must have had a basic curiosity and willingness to explore new possibilities.

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