Archaeologist: The earliest evidence of controlled fire use in Europe dates to just 400,000 years ago. This casts dou...

tomgbean on December 24, 2019


Please explain answer D. Thanks!

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shunhe on January 1, 2020

Hi @tomgbean,

(D) is incorrect because the claim it presents is simply too strong. Does the argument need to assume that humans wouldn't have mastered fire were it not for the need for heat in a cold climate? That means it would have to shut out all other possibilities for humans developing fire - cooking food, making tools, having light. The argument doesn't require a claim this strong, and so (D) is incorrect. Indeed, a quick test that shows this is that if we negate (D), it doesn't hurt the argument. Let me know if you have further questions, hope this helps.