Early herders' grassy route through Africa

March 10, 2015 12:37 PM

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Early herders' grassy route through Africa

A University of Utah study of nearly 2,000-year-old livestock teeth show that early herders from northern Africa could have traveled past Kenya's Lake Victoria on their way to southern Africa because the area was grassy - not tsetse fly-infested bushland as previously believed.

"We studied the chemical signature of teeth in wild antelopes and domestic plant-eating animals - cows and sheep or goats - and found they all were eating a lot of grass in the Lake Victoria Basin," says Kendra Chritz, first author of the study published online this week in the journal Proceedings o...

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