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Cooking skills may have emerged millions of years ago

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And once it takes hold enculturation does the rest

Super-chimp can start fires and cook - NY Daily News

The ability to control fire marks a major evolutionary step that helped improve humans' diets, propelling the species toward the development of larger brains, more sophisticated means of communication, and eventually world domination.
Chimpanzees may not be so far behind -- Kanzi is teaching his son Teco how to make fires too, the Daily Mail reports.
News of Kanzi's cooking is one of several recent advances in our understanding of the true potential of the monkey mind.