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Six Million Years of Savanna


August 3, 2011

Savanna grasslands University of Utah scientists used chemical isotopes in ancient soil to measure prehistoric tree cover--in effect, shade--and found that grassy, tree-dotted savannas prevailed at most east African sites where human ancestors and their ape relatives evolved during the past six million years. Full Story

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