Tag: Journal of Human Evolution

Our Ancient Cousin "Nutcracker Man" Actually Ate Like a Cow: Lots of Grass

By Patrick Morgan | May 3, 2011 1:21 pm

What’s the News: It turns out that the strong-jawed, big-toothed human relative colloquially known as “Nutcracker man” may never have tasted a nut. In a finding that questions traditional ideas of early hominid diet, researchers discovered that Paranthropus boisei, a hominid living in east Africa between 2.3 and 1.2 million years ago, mostly fed on grasses and sedges. “Frankly, we didn’t expect to find the primate equivalent of a cow dangling from a remote twig of our family tree,” researcher Matt Sponheimer told MSNBC. Read More

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