Fossil bee nests provide clues about the environment in which Australopithecus africanus lived
Analysis of the first fossil bee nest from the Plio-Pleistocene of South Africa suggests that the human ancestor Australopithecus africanus lived in a dry savannah environment, according a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jennifer Parker from University College London, United Kingdom, and colleagues.
|Photographs of each of the Individual Pieces of Extracted Nest [CreditJennifer F. Parker et al./PLOS ONE (2016)]|
|Locality and stratigraphy of the deposits [Credit: Jennifer F. Parker et al./PLOS ONE (2016)]|
|Three different individual cells. (A) and (B) have been extracted from the nest, and (C) (although broken |
in half laterally) remains in the matrix [Credit: Jennifer F. Parker et al./PLOS ONE (2016)]
Source: Public Library of Science [September 29, 2016]