Saturday, 30 June 2012
Goodbye, Australopithecus sediba!
Australopithecus sediba had a very apelike diet. Image courtesy of Brett Eloff, Wikipedia.
In the Darwinian reconstruction of the past, history keeps on repeating itself. First, (assumed) human ancestors make headlines throughout the world. Then, sooner or later, they are discarded as it turns out that they were not our ancestors at all.
This week Nature published a letter on the diet of Australopithecus sebida. Tooth enamel and wear suggest that it ate bark and hay, which is not a diet we usually associate with humans.
Henry, Amanda G. et al. The diet of Australopithecus sediba. Nature. DOI: doi:10.1038/nature11185 Published online 27 June 2012.