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Bonobo diet of aquatic greens may hold clues to human evolution

Study offers a possible answer on how our human ancestors may have met their nutritional needs of iodine in the Congo basin

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have for the first time observed bonobos in the Congo basin searching for and eating iodine-rich aquatic plants in the swamps. Iodine is a critical nutrient for brain development and higher cognitive abilities. According to the research team, these observations may explain how the nutritional needs of prehistoric humans in the region were met.

© Cédric Girard-Buttoz, LuiKotale Bonobo Projekt