Scientists discover humans were not the first farmers

However, scientists soon discovered that man was not only farmers and now it is unveiled that they may not even be the first.
By Jeremy Morrow | Nov 27, 2016
Human beings were assumed to be for a long time to be the only species smart enough to practice farming. However, scientists soon discovered that man was not only farmers and now it is unveiled that they may not even be the first.

Fijian ants are farmer ants that comprise of different species. The most popular Fijian ants are the leaf cutters who are farmers in their respect.

The other popular species milk honeydew and herd aphids. However, a new species has been discovered to actually sour seeds fertilize them with their own dung and harvest it.

These Fijian ants plant these seeds on the tree backs where the human's deposition the bark offer higher nutrition than soil. By that notion, humans are still not the first species to use soil alternatives for better yields.

"The story is unique. We already have ants that disperse seeds and have ants that feed plants, but we've never had a case where they farm a plant they can't live without," said Brian Fisher from the California Academy of Sciences. "I first noticed the relationship when I saw dozens of these ant-filled plants clustered in the same trees."

But perhaps the most intriguing piece of information is that these ants have been farming for well over 8 million years. Humans have only started farming for the past 500,000. This proves that ants are not just highly social animals, but also intelligent.

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