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Termites figured out agriculture 25 million years ago

Fossil evidence from Tanzania has revealed that the world’s oldest farmers were actually termites, The Washington Post reports. In a study published in PLOS ONE, scientists explain how—25 million years ago—termites figured out how to create an elaborate farming system that helped them flourish in a rapidly evolving environment. These termite colonies, which are similar to the colonies of some termites today, would cultivate fungi in gardens in their nests in order to convert plant material into a more easily digestible food source. 

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