But they’re not the only animals that know how to cultivate.
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After all, the adaptation of farms and irrigation systems allowed our species to settle and build great civilizations.
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Researchers recently discovered that a common mammal — one that can be a menace to human farmers — might have a habit of growing its own food, too.
Writing this week in the journal Current Biology, researchers explain that common pocket gophers cultivate food sources underground in a way similar to human agriculture.
The gophers are known to yank entire plants underground and also snack on roots growing beneath the soil as they excavate hideaways.
Healthier soil leaves the gophers with rows of food that consistently replenish — kind of like a farm.
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And their strategies benefit the entire ecosystem so that creatures living above ground can also benefit from a plentiful harvest.