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03 May 2011

Our ancestors preferred salads

He had the powerful jaws and big chompers to crack the toughest of shells, but a new study has shown that the ancient human relative known as "Nutcracker Man" preferred grass.

He had the powerful jaws and big chompers to crack the toughest of shells, but a new study has shown that the ancient human relative known as "Nutcracker Man" actually preferred to munch on grass.

A skull found in Tanzania in 1959 quickly drew the nickname "Nutcracker man" because of its giant teeth, but US and Kenyan researchers now say the species grazed on the same wild fields as the ancestors of zebras, pigs and hippos.

 
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