Fire and Human Evolution Continued

By Ben Cohen

A reader writes in response to the NY Times article on the role of fire in human evolution:

The fire-evolution connection was made more than

forty years ago. I remember it from when I was taking behavior

genetics. Basic thesis is that by learning to control fire and cook meat,

the huge lower mandible and jaw muscle to go with it was no longer necessary to

chew raw meat, and this allowed for smaller jaw, smaller jaw muscles, and hence

allowed for skulls/brains to become larger. For myself, as a psychologist,

it does make a lot of sense that this was one important point in the

evolutionary process. (Remember the movie Quest for


Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.