Tag: hominin

From Tree-Living to Tree-Eating: Human Ancestors Ate Bark

By Sophie Bushwick | July 2, 2012 4:34 pm

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Tartar on the teeth of a young male Australopithecus sediba

To someone in the dentist’s chair, plaque is an unwelcome discovery, but to paleoanthropologists, it’s a gold mine of information. And the hardened plaque, called tartar or calculus, on the teeth of two Australopithecus sediba individuals revealed that these early humans had a taste for trees that included not only fruit, but also bark, wood, and leaves.

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