Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

Bibliographic Collection: 
Anthropogeny, APE, MOCA Reference
Publication Type: Book
Authors: Wrangham, Richard W.
Year of Publication: 2009
Number of Pages: 309
Publisher: Basic Books
City: New York
Publication Language: eng
ISBN Number: 9780465013623
Keywords: Fire History, Food habits History., Hearths, Prehistoric, Roasting (Cooking) History

In Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham argues that our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. Once our hominid ancestors began cooking, the human digestive tract shrank and the brain grew; and pair bonding, marriage, the household, and even the sexual division of labor emerged. A pathbreaking theory of human evolution, Catching Fire will fascinate anyone interested in our ancient originsor our modern eating habits. Richard Wrangham argues that "cooking" created the human race. At the heart of "Catching Fire" lies an explosive new idea: The habit of eating cooked rather than raw food permitted the digestive tract to shrink and the human brain to grow, helped structure human society, and created the male-female division of labor of Prehistoric peoples

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