Ancient Livestock Dung Reshaped African Savannah

A herder runs livestock in Kenya. (Credit: Marion Smith/shutterstock)

Dung, poop, number 2 — we’ve all dealt with the troublesome solid waste that biological entities produce. But it can have its uses too, beyond just giving sewer planners something to do.

In particular, the use of animal feces as manure has a long and fruitful history. It’s an all natural way to replenish soil after growing crops, and hey, gotta put that stuff somewhere, right?

But it turns out dung has been more fruitful than we expected. Even a seemingly natural savannah, the African grasslands in the Mara-Serengeti, has benefited from the healing powers of animal…

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