How learning to cook helped the human brain to grow – and may even have led to the emergence of culture and civilisation

Learning to cook may have helped the human brain to grow, leading to the development of tools, culture and civilisation, say scientists.

Obtaining enough energy for a large brain by eating nothing but raw food simply takes up too much time, the study suggests.

The advent of cooking would have provided a much more efficient way of delivering calories to neurons, allowing the brain to expand.

A reconstruction of a male Homo Erectus with a spider’s web. Researchers now believe they may have developed cooking skills to save time spend eating

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