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“Nutcracker Man” lived on tiger nuts

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

The most complete hominid skull yet found

Archaeologists working in Dmanisi, Georgia, have unearthed five 1.8-million-year-old skulls, including one of the most complete hominid skulls ever found. A co-author of the study, Christoph Zollikofer from the Anthropological Institute and Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, said that if the braincase and the face of "Skull 5" had been found as

Early hominids recycled

Israeli scientists have found that early hominids recycled old stone tools and bone objects. If you thought recycling was just a modern phenomenon championed by environmentalists— think again. There is mounting evidence that hundreds of thousands of years ago, our prehistoric ancestors recycled objects they used in their daily lives, say

Early hominids ate tropical grasses and sedges

A new study has revealed that early hominids who lived 3.5 million years ago had a diet that mainly consisted of tropical grasses and sedges.  Professor Lee-Thorp, a specialist in isotopic analyses of fossil tooth enamel, from the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, said: "We found evidence

Ancient hominids could climb trees

The discovery of a 3.3-million-year-old shoulder blade belonging to a Australopithecus afarensis suggests that the early hominids could climb trees. Lucy and her cohorts spent plenty of time on foot but climbed trees to forage for fruits and to escape predators, Green proposes. Based on the new analysis of the Dikika

“Nutcracker Man” ate grass

New studies have shown that the ancient hominid Paranthropus boisei, better known as Nutcracker Man, preferred to eat grass. Professor Matt Sponheimer said it was long assumed Paranthropus boisei favoured nuts, seeds and hard fruit because of its powerful jaw muscles and the biggest and flattest molars of any known

Laetoli footsteps to undergo preservation and excavation

The famous fossilized footprints at Laetoli in Tanzania,  are undergoing extensive presevation and excavation efforts. The footprints demonstrate that early hominids walked upright habitually 3.6 million years ago. He said initial preparations by experts from various departments were already underway and actual excavation and preservation process would start soon after. Acting Chief