Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Clues About Early Diets Found in Fossilized Teeth
By studying the pits and scratches on fossilized teeth and analyzing the carbon isotopes on enamel, researchers have discovered new information about the diets of early hominids.
“The new data suggests our simple story, of harder and harder diets over time, is not accurate,” said Peter Ungar, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Arkansas, whose lab does microscopic analysis of dental wear.
The genus Australopithecus, which lived two million to four million years ago, shows a greater variation in diet over geographic region than over time, he said.
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