Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

September 7, 2010|
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham
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The groundbreaking theory of how fire and food drove the evolution of modern humans

Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the evolution and world-wide dispersal of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution. Once our hominid ancestors began cooking their food, the human digestive tract shrank and the brain grew. Time once spent chewing tough raw food could be sued instead to hunt and to tend camp. Cooking became the basis for pair bonding and marriage, created the household, and even led to a sexual division of labor. In short, once our ancestors adapted to using fire, humanity began. Tracing the contemporary implications of our ancestors' diets, Catching Fire sheds new light on how we came to be the social, intelligent, and sexual species we are today. A pathbreaking new theory of human evolution, Catching Fire will provoke controversy and fascinate anyone interested in our ancient origins-or in our modern eating habits.

Richard Wrangham is the Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University and Curator of Primate Behavioral Biology at the Peabody Museum. He is the co-author of Demonic Malesand co-editor of Chimpanzee Cultures. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Title:Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us HumanFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.81 inShipping dimensions:320 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.81 inPublished:September 7, 2010Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0465020410

ISBN - 13:9780465020416

Appropriate for ages: 13

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