Oldest Evidence of the use of Fire to Cook Food

Earliest evidence of cooking found in 780,000-year, when early humans cooked 6.5ft-long carp.


International Team of leading Israeli Universities finds oldest evidence of the controlled use of fire to cook food.

Before the findings, the earliest evidence of fire being used to cook food was from 200,000 years ago.



A new evidence – the teeth of a carp – pushes this date back 610,000 years.

The remains of a 2 meters huge carp fish, analyzed by the Hebrew University, Bar-Ilan University Tel Aviv University, in collaboration with Oranim Academic College, the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research institution, the Natural History Museum in London, and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, mark the earliest signs of cooking by prehistoric human to 780,000 years ago, predating the available data by some 600,000 years.

Image credit Hebrew University