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Were Termites the World’s First Farmers?

A 25 million-year-old termite nest with the remains of a fungus garden preserved inside. Credit: H. Hilbert-Wolf

A 25 million-year-old termite nest with the remains of a fungus garden preserved inside. Credit: H. Hilbert-Wolf

By Eric Roberts & Christopher Todd

New trace fossils from the African Rift Valley reveal evidence for the origins of agriculture, not by humans but by insects.

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