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First Foodies Expanded Diet 3.5 Million Years Ago : Discovery News

 

3.5 million years ago the diet shifted (Image via Stock.Xchng)
3.5 million years ago the diet shifted (Image via Stock.Xchng)

Via Discovery News

Our ancestors used to dine almost exclusively on leaves and fruits from trees, shrubs and herbs until 3.5 million years ago when a major shift occurred, according to four new simultaneously published studies.

During this shift, early human species like Australopithecus afarensis and Kenyanthropus platyops began to also feast on grasses, sedges and succulent plants — or on animals that ate those plants — the studies, published in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, conclude.

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