Well-preserved traces of fire use by early Neanderthals in Northern France

The emergence of a more systematic use of fire is generally associated with Homo erectus around 400,000 years ago. Some claim that from this point onwards a generalised use of fire occurs, while others stress the proportional low number of sites with actual traces of fire between 300,000 and 130,000 years ago (MIS 8-6).  A…