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Non-human farmer |  Science Press Agency

Non-human farmer | Science Press Agency

At least the researchers themselves are the ones who say that, in Search Posted on July 11: geomys(Geomys Pinitis) from the common name for the pocket rat, which is found in several regions of the Americas, would be “the first non-human agricultural mammal”. The animal lives underground, digging complex networks of tunnels. By doing this, it allows the roots to breathe better and grow faster.

But is he doing it to build himself a more comfortable home, or does he really understand that the roots are benefiting from his work?

It turns out that the definition of the word “farmer” Not as clear as one might imagine. On the other hand, some insects can qualify as ants. In humans, it involves the intent: the seed is chosen and the goal, each spring, is clear. But when we talk about the “first farmers” in prehistoric times, the work was probably more rough and based on the opportunities of place and moment.

Could this be the case for pocket ferrets? “Because they provide and cultivate the optimum environment for growth, which we believe makes them growers,” reach to The New York Times Biology student and lead author Veronica Selden of the University of Florida.

Among the arguments in favor of it: Roots grow faster in accessible sections of tunnels: a fact measured by researchers By installing barriers in strategic locations. Moreover, his digging work makes him spend much more energy than if he lived on the surface, and the roots provide him with 20-60% of the necessary calories. However, he has not yet applied for his membership card with the local Farmers Association.

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