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Scientists say cooking food helped fuel our evolution, give us bigger brains — and later down the line, would become the centerpiece of the feasting rituals that brought communities together.

How cooking food and gathering for feasts made us human

‘The story of human evolution has appeared to be the story of what we eat’

Scientists say cooking food helped fuel our evolution, give us bigger brains — and later down the line, would become the centerpiece of the feasting rituals that brought communities together.
Tyler Johnston, left, his fiance Keenan Mestas-Holmes, center, and their friend Atlas Pretzeus hug one another while paying their respects at a makeshift memorial near Club Q on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The trio have close friends that were involved in the shooting. An attacker opened fire in a gay nightclub late Saturday night. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

Gay bar shooting suspect faces murder, hate crime charges

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, faces five murder charges in Colorado attack

Tyler Johnston, left, his fiance Keenan Mestas-Holmes, center, and their friend Atlas Pretzeus hug one another while paying their respects at a makeshift memorial near Club Q on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The trio have close friends that were involved in the shooting. An attacker opened fire in a gay nightclub late Saturday night. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)
Sir Elton John performs live at the Elton John's final North American show of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Elton John rockets toward retirement at Dodger Stadium

Forty seven years after he took the stage at Dodger Stadium in…

Sir Elton John performs live at the Elton John's final North American show of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
A Ukrainian serviceman flies a drone during an operation against Russian positions, Kherson region of southern Ukraine, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/ Bernat Armangue)

Shells hit near nuclear plant; Blackouts roll across Ukraine

Both Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the attack

A Ukrainian serviceman flies a drone during an operation against Russian positions, Kherson region of southern Ukraine, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/ Bernat Armangue)
Crime tape is set up near a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo. where a shooting occurred late Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Gunman kills 5 at U.S. gay nightclub, subdued by patrons: police

Shooting marks 6th mass killing this month in U.S.

Crime tape is set up near a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo. where a shooting occurred late Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks at a press conference Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

FIFA revenue hits $7.5B for current World Cup period

Commercial deals tied to 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks at a press conference Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)
Documents are brought in for a closing plenary session at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

UN climate deal: Calamity cash, but no new emissions cuts

Fund will particularly help poorer nations who typically bear the brunt of climate disasters

Documents are brought in for a closing plenary session at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
FILE - In this photo provided by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, a crane and boats are anchored next to a collapsed “net pen” used by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific to farm Atlantic Salmon near Cypress Island in Washington state on Aug. 28, 2017, after a failure of the nets allowed tens of thousands of the nonnative fish to escape. A Washington state jury on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, awarded the Lummi Indian tribe $595,000 over the 2017 collapse of the net pen where Atlantic salmon were being raised, an event that elicited fears of damage to wild salmon runs and prompted the Legislature to ban the farming of the nonnative fish. (David Bergvall/Washington State Department of Natural Resources via AP, File)

Washington bans fish-farming net pens, citing salmon threat

California, Oregon and Alaska have already outlawed net-pen aquaculture

FILE - In this photo provided by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, a crane and boats are anchored next to a collapsed “net pen” used by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific to farm Atlantic Salmon near Cypress Island in Washington state on Aug. 28, 2017, after a failure of the nets allowed tens of thousands of the nonnative fish to escape. A Washington state jury on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, awarded the Lummi Indian tribe $595,000 over the 2017 collapse of the net pen where Atlantic salmon were being raised, an event that elicited fears of damage to wild salmon runs and prompted the Legislature to ban the farming of the nonnative fish. (David Bergvall/Washington State Department of Natural Resources via AP, File)
Songwriter Diane Warren poses with her Taylor guitar in her studio at the Realsongs Diane Warren Music Company in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Warren will receive an honorary Oscar at the annual Governors Awards. She’s the first songwriter to ever get the award. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

After 13 unsuccessful nominations, songwriter Diane Warren finally gets her Oscar

Prolific nominee to receive honorary statuette Saturday at the annual Governors Awards

Songwriter Diane Warren poses with her Taylor guitar in her studio at the Realsongs Diane Warren Music Company in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Warren will receive an honorary Oscar at the annual Governors Awards. She’s the first songwriter to ever get the award. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Polish police officers search for missile wreckage in the field, near the place where a missile struck, killing two people in a farmland at the Polish village of Przewodow, near the border with Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Deadly missile strike adds to Ukraine war fears in Poland

Vulnerability felt in a country where the ravages of World War II are well remembered

Polish police officers search for missile wreckage in the field, near the place where a missile struck, killing two people in a farmland at the Polish village of Przewodow, near the border with Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
FILE - Bottles of Budweiser beer are on display in a shop window in London on Oct. 13, 2015. World Cup organizers reportedly have made another late change in alcohol policy only two days before games start in Qatar by banning beer sales at the eight soccer stadiums in and around Doha. Media reports say Qatari authorities are pressing FIFA to ban all sales of long-time World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser at the eight venues. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Qatar bans sale of beer at World Cup stadiums in about-face

Major sponsor Budweiser’s Twitter account tweeted: “Well, this is awkward…”

FILE - Bottles of Budweiser beer are on display in a shop window in London on Oct. 13, 2015. World Cup organizers reportedly have made another late change in alcohol policy only two days before games start in Qatar by banning beer sales at the eight soccer stadiums in and around Doha. Media reports say Qatari authorities are pressing FIFA to ban all sales of long-time World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser at the eight venues. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang, North Kora on Oct. 12, 2022. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea test-fires ICBM with range to strike entire US

Unclear whether North Korea possesses functioning nuclear-armed missiles

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang, North Kora on Oct. 12, 2022. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
An Erie School District bus turns on Old French Road from East 33rd Street in Erie, Pa. on Nov. 17, 2022, following the region’s first lake-effect snow storm of the season overnight Wednesday into Thursday. The city saw about five inches of snow with many places in Erie County reporting up to a foot of snow. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

Dangerous lake-effect snowstorm blankets Buffalo, western New York

Schools shuttered, Amtrak stations closed numerous flights canceled as snow continues to fall

An Erie School District bus turns on Old French Road from East 33rd Street in Erie, Pa. on Nov. 17, 2022, following the region’s first lake-effect snow storm of the season overnight Wednesday into Thursday. The city saw about five inches of snow with many places in Erie County reporting up to a foot of snow. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)
FILE - Taylor Swift attends an ‘in conversation with Taylor Swift’ event at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9, 2022. Swift’s latest album Anti-Hero released on Oct. 21. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Ticketmaster canceling next Taylor Swift concert ticket sale

Decision came two days after a presale event caused the site to crash

FILE - Taylor Swift attends an ‘in conversation with Taylor Swift’ event at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9, 2022. Swift’s latest album Anti-Hero released on Oct. 21. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
A digital-only coupon for Pampers brand baby wipes is displayed at a Kroger in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2022. A coalition of consumer groups is calling on grocers to stop offering digital-only deals, saying they discriminate against people without smartphones or regular internet access.(AP Photo/Dee-Ann Durbin)

Consumer groups want grocers to ditch digital-only deals

Equity concerns after study found that 25% of Americans 65 or older don’t use the internet

A digital-only coupon for Pampers brand baby wipes is displayed at a Kroger in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2022. A coalition of consumer groups is calling on grocers to stop offering digital-only deals, saying they discriminate against people without smartphones or regular internet access.(AP Photo/Dee-Ann Durbin)
FILE - Jay Leno attends the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 2017. Jay Leno suffered burns in a weekend fire at the car enthusiast’s garage but said Monday that he was doing OK, according to reports. Leno, 72, had been set to appear at a financial conference in Las Vegas on Sunday but canceled because of a “serious medical emergency.” (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

Leno has surgery for burns from car fire, in good condition

Former talk show host expected to make a full recovery

FILE - Jay Leno attends the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 2017. Jay Leno suffered burns in a weekend fire at the car enthusiast’s garage but said Monday that he was doing OK, according to reports. Leno, 72, had been set to appear at a financial conference in Las Vegas on Sunday but canceled because of a “serious medical emergency.” (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)
This Sept 29, 2022 photo shows a set of handmade soy and beeswax candles in the shape of mountains by Cai Cai Handmade. (AP Photo/Leanne Italie)

From Wordle to sweets, holiday gift ideas for the grown-ups

Spoil the adult in your life by pleasing a child at heart this holiday season

This Sept 29, 2022 photo shows a set of handmade soy and beeswax candles in the shape of mountains by Cai Cai Handmade. (AP Photo/Leanne Italie)
An L.A. county sheriff. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)
An L.A. county sheriff. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)
FILE - Various Grammy Awards are displayed at the Grammy Museum Experience at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J, on Oct. 10, 2017. The 2023 Grammy Awards will air live Sunday, Feb. 5. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Partial list of nominees for the 65th Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A partial list of nominees in the top…

FILE - Various Grammy Awards are displayed at the Grammy Museum Experience at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J, on Oct. 10, 2017. The 2023 Grammy Awards will air live Sunday, Feb. 5. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Police officers gather outside a grain depot in Przewodow, eastern Poland, on Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022 where the Polish Foreign Ministry said that a Russian-made missile fell and killed two people. The ministry said Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau summoned the Russian ambassador and “demanded immediate detailed explanations.” (AP Photo)

Poland, NATO say missile strike wasn’t a Russian attack

‘There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to suggest that it was an intentional attack on Poland’

Police officers gather outside a grain depot in Przewodow, eastern Poland, on Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022 where the Polish Foreign Ministry said that a Russian-made missile fell and killed two people. The ministry said Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau summoned the Russian ambassador and “demanded immediate detailed explanations.” (AP Photo)