Whether it's Prometheus stealing fire from the Gods on Mount Olympus, or the Ojibwe trickster Manabush who steals fire while disguised as a rabbit, fire holds an important place in both human legend and history. According to Dr. Richard Wrangham, fire (particularly used to cook food) may offer the best explanation for how our pre-human ancestors began experiencing a reduction in tooth and gut size as well as an increase in brain size. In class we read about Dr. Wrangham's research in an excerpt from the Scientific American article "Cooking Up Bigger Brains." We discussed the implications of early fire use by humans and how, according to Wrangham, major advances in human evolution can be attributed to cooking. Finally in class, students tried their hand at fire making using a primitive (yet relatively modern) technique, flint and steel. Many students successfully started fire with these primitive tools. Gold Tape Question: Early flint and steel fires were made with a material called Amadou. What is Amadou and how was it used in firemaking?