Via News Discovery
Human hair found in fossilized hyena poop suggests that our ancestors satisfied the hunger of others during prehistoric times.
The fossilized dung, part of a “hyena latrine,” will be described in the upcoming October issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science. The latrine was first found a few years ago at Gladysvale cave in the Sterkfontein Valley of South Africa, but it recently went through an additional barrage of testing.
Our ancestors there lived around a literally wild bunch about 257,000 years ago.
“Based on the fossil hairs identified here, this research has established that brown hyenas shared the Sterkfontein Valley with hominins, warthog, impala, zebra and kudu,” authors Phillip Taru and Lucinda Backwell of the University of the Witwatersrand wrote.
They continued, “Apart from humans, these animals are associated with savanna grasslands, much like the Highveld environment of today.”
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