19 Dec 2023

Research shows early primates liked sugar-heavy diets

From Morning Report, 8:50 am on 19 December 2023

New research from the University of Otago shows our early primate ancestors were just like us.

Analysis of tooth chipping patterns and cavities on 29-million-year-old Egyptian fossils suggests the monkeys and apes of the time liked a sugar-heavy diet - eating mostly soft, ripe fruits. It's a taste that has lasted through the years to humans today.

Lead author Ian Towle spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.