New evidence shows that humans used fire one million years ago — a lot earlier than we thought.

This tells us about our early ancestors, but it also tells us about language and how it started. What does fire have to do with language?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley discusses the burning issues on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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The phys.org article:
http://phys.org/news/2012-04-human-ancestors-million-years-archaeologist.html

Some good info about Homo erectus:
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~kemmer/Evol/habiliserectus.html

And the discovery of fire.
http://archaeology.about.com/od/ancientdailylife/qt/fire_control.htm