September12014

Of course the story doesn’t end there for scientists.

August312014

Each of these things helped to construct the environmental picture.

August302014

And then they studied and compared the modern bee relatives.

August292014

They studied the construction of the nest.

August282014

They performed a CT scan on the fossilized nest.

August272014

Scientists studied the nests in depth.

August262014

There were, of course, leaf structures in the nest which means there probably was a wooded area nearby with maybe a river or stream.

August252014

So the tar pits must have been a moist area with a lower elevation during the Pleistocene.

August242014

From this study, they determined that leaf cutter bees live/lived in moderately moist climate. 

August232014

And since there is a relative of the prehistoric leaf cutter bee still alive, scientists are studying the modern bee’s habitat.

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