Early modern human from Southeast Asia adapted to a rainforest environment

Early modern human from Southeast Asia adapted to a rainforest environment

Early modern human from Southeast Asia adapted to a rainforest environment Although there has been evidence of our species living in rainforest regions in Southeast Asia from at least 70,000 years ago, the poor preservation of organic material in these regions limits how much we know about their diet and ecological adaptations to these habitats. An international team of scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz has now applied a new method to investigate the diet of fossil humans: The analysis of stable zinc isotopes from tooth enamel. This method proves particularly helpful to learn whether prehistoric humans and animals were primarily eating meat or plants. Traditional assumptions have often seen tropical rainforests as a barrier to early Homo …
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