A new dinosaur has been discovered in Zimbabwe! The dinosaur, dubbed Musankwa sanyatiensis, was found on the shore of Spurwing Island, on Lake Kariba. It’s believed to have been a plant-eating creature that walked on two legs, with a long neck, small skull and sturdy tail. The team of palaeontologists describe how they made their discovery, Zimbabwe’s fourth dinosaur find.

What did people eat before they learned how to grow crops? You might expect that the hunter-gatherers of long ago ate a lot of animal protein. But new research presents a different picture. Zineb Moubtahij’s study of ancient teeth and bones in Morocco reveals that some cave dwellers in north Africa had a heavily plant-based diet thousands of years before agriculture began.

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Zimbabwe’s new dinosaur discovery: inside the find

Paul Barrett, Natural History Museum; Jonah Choiniere, University of the Witwatersrand; Kimberley E.J. Chapelle, University of the Witwatersrand; Lara Sciscio, Jurassica Museum; Michel Zondo, University of the Witwatersrand

Musankwa is only the fourth dinosaur to be named from Zimbabwe.

Hunter-gatherer diets weren’t always heavy on meat: Morocco study reveals a plant-based diet

Zineb Moubtahij, Leiden University

Findings from a new study challenge the traditional view that a heavy reliance on plant-based diets started only with the advent of agriculture.


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Samuel Kariuki, Kenya Medical Research Institute

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Africa’s freeports should boost trade and foreign exchange earnings – but evidence is thin

Jonas Aryee, University of Plymouth

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Pearl S. Kyei, University of Ghana

Improving school sanitation, reducing household chores, and addressing harassment and bullying could enhance girls’ reading performance relative to boys’.


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