University of the Witwatersrand: Australopithecus diet
[QUOTE]The latest research sheds more light on the diet and home ranges of early hominins belonging to three different genera, notably Australopithecus, Paranthropus and Homo – that were discovered at sites such as Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai in the Cradle of Humankind, about 50 kilometres from Johannesburg. Australopithecus existed before the other two genera evolved about 2 million years ago.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE]The scientists conducted an analysis of the fossil teeth, indicating that Australopithecus, a predecessor of early Homo, had a more varied diet than early Homo. Its diet was also more variable than the diet of another distant human relative known as Paranthropus.[/QUOTE]
But that's not necessarily a bad thing ...
[QUOTE]According to Thackeray, the results of the study show that Paranthropus had a primarily herbivorous-like diet, while Homo included a greater consumption of meat. ...
Thackeray states that the greater consumption of [B]meat [/B]in the diet of early forms of Homo could have contributed to the [B]increase in brain size[/B] in this genus.[/QUOTE]
[url=http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/uotw-eha080812.php]Early human ancestors had more variable diet[/url]