Of course the story doesn’t end there for scientists.
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Each of these things helped to construct the environmental picture.
And then they studied and compared the modern bee relatives.
They studied the construction of the nest.
They performed a CT scan on the fossilized nest.
Scientists studied the nests in depth.
There were, of course, leaf structures in the nest which means there probably was a wooded area nearby with maybe a river or stream.
So the tar pits must have been a moist area with a lower elevation during the Pleistocene.
From this study, they determined that leaf cutter bees live/lived in moderately moist climate.
And since there is a relative of the prehistoric leaf cutter bee still alive, scientists are studying the modern bee’s habitat.