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Bonobo diet of aquatic greens may hold clues to human evolution

July 2, 2019 - General

Observations of bonobos in the Congo basin foraging in swamps for aquatic herbs rich in iodine, a critical nutrient for brain development and higher cognitive abilities, may explain how the nutritional needs of prehistoric humans in the region were met. This is the first report of iodine consumption by a nonhuman primate and it is published in the open access journal BMC Zoology.

Credit: Zana Clay, LuiKotale Bonobo ProjectDr….

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