- "If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror, because I bet that's what really throws you into a panic."
- –Jack Handey
Controlled Fire, The control of fire by early humans was turning point in the cultural aspect of human evolution that allowed humans to cook food and to obtain warmth and protection. Making fire also allowed the expansion of human activity into the colder hours of the night, and provided protection from predators and insects. Incontrovertible evidence of widespread control of fire dates approximately 125,000 years ago and later. Evidence for controlled use of fire by Homo Erectus beginning 400,000 years ago has wide scholarly support, while claims regarding earlier evidence are mostly dismissed as inconclusive or sketchy. Claims for the earliest definitive evidence of control of fire by a member of Homo range from 0.2 to 1.7 millions years ago.