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The ability to cook is unique to humans - something most of us take for granted. But now some scientists believe that instead of cooking being a mere by-product of evolved man, it could have fundamentally shaped our physical and mental abilities. In this programme, Horizon challenges our relationship with food, attempting to unravel the paradox: do we cook because we are human, or did cooking make us the humans we are today?
Harvard researchers Alexandra Rosati and Felix Warneken will present new insights from a recent set of studies in which they found that chimpanzees possess many of the necessary skills for cooking, suggesting that cooking behaviors emerged soon after the control of fire in human evolution.