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“Nutcracker Man” lived on tiger nuts

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New research has revealed that “Nutcracker Man”, a hominid that lived in East Africa between 2.4-1.4 million years ago, survived on a diet made up mainly of tiger nuts.

An Oxford University study has concluded that our ancient ancestors who lived in East Africa between 2.4 million-1.4 million years ago survived mainly on a diet of tiger nuts. Tiger nuts are edible grass bulbs still eaten in parts of the world today. The study published in the journal, PLOS ONE, also suggests that these early hominins may have sought additional nourishment from fruits and invertebrates, like worms and grasshoppers.

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Story: Science Daily | Photo: Donald C. Johanson

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