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# Fragments of charred antelope bone have recently been found

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Fragments of charred antelope bone have recently been found at a million-year-old settlement of Homo erectus, an early human species. This discovery demonstrates that humans were making controlled use of fire to cook meat at a very early stage of their development. The argument above makes which of the following assumptions.

(A)Homo erectus could not have eaten antelope meat unless the meat had been cooked.

(B)The antelope bones were charred in a fire controlled by humans

The answer is (B), why not (A)
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15 Jul 2004, 08:43
Hi chunjuwu,

I repeat - PLEASE DO NOT POST THE ANSWER in the first string itself. This is totally a spirit killer.

Paul, Praet & Co: Can you please highlight the importance of the above?
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15 Jul 2004, 08:49
Technically, charring of bones takes a loooong time and does not happen unless some antelope accidentally got caught in a forest fire (This is ext. knowledge obtained from loads of crime-related programs on Discovery). Hence the fire that charred those bones should have been controlled by man.

Coming to the question otherwise, if we refute A, we don't get anything concrete. The main point is not that man cooked the meat, but that the fire used was a controlled one. That makes B a better choice than A

Am I making ANY sense? This is how I answer a good number of questions and also get them right
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