Monthly Archives: April 2011

 

You are What You Eat: Using Stable Isotopes to Trace Dietary Shifts in Ancient African Hebivores

Posted 7 April 2011 by Anne-Marie Hodge

Today, the stereotypical image of eastern Africa features immense stretches of grasslands, dotted by herds of huge herbivores, chewing their way across the plains. It seems like a timeless scene, the world’s last glimpse of what it was like when megafauna spanned the globe. In actuality, these wide grasslands are an extremely recent feature in the region’s history. There isn’t solid evidence of animals consuming C4 plants until a scanty 10 million years ago (mya), and grasslands did not become... Read more