Life A Sediba

Published on June 27th, 2012 | by James Johnson


Ancient Humans Ate Trees, Bushes and Fruits [Study]

A Sediba

2 million years ago an ancient human known as the African hominid chose a diet like no other known human ancestor. According to the  Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany they chose to dine on tree bark, bushes and fruits.

Known in the science world as the Australopithecus sediba or A. sediba the ancient human’s diet was discovered by using a zapping process on fossilized teeth with a later. The later freed telltale carbon from the enamel of teeth and allowed scientists to pinpoint the exact diet of the mammal.

Two A. sediba individuals were analyzed and the carbon isotope value for both were well outside of the 81 previously tested hominids.

While not a conclusive study scientists are certain that the A. sediba at least consumed part of its diet in tree bark and other “fracture-resistant” foods. While human ancestors have not been known to eat much tree bark it is routinely part of other primates diets because it contains protein and soluble sugars. The closest example of a tree bark eating species in today’s society is the African savanna chimpanzee.

Three tests from different agencies have now confirmed that the A. sediba were prone to eating bark and other hard foods.




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James is a new media professional with more than half a decade worth of experience in the online writing space. He currently serves as the Associate Editor of and the Editor-in-Chief of He also serves as a resident writer for Splash Press Media. In his spare time James consults businesses regarding SEO and Content Development.

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