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Promethean beast

20 mins | Jan 12, 2022

How animal uses of fire help to illuminate human 'pyrocognition'. There are many myths around the world about the origins of human usage of fire, including foragers discovering its hidden spirit in trees and thieves stealing it from deities. However, new research suggests that some animals also use it to their own ends. Ivo Jacobs, a cognitive zoologist, investigates the origins of fire usage in our hominid ancestors, how it enabled our species to evolve, and explores observations of other species grasping the dos and don’ts of fire.

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