Humans have relied on honeybees for nearly 9,000 years — and now they’re mysteriously declining 

With the help of 20 years’ worth of research and thousands of prehistoric shards of pottery, a large group of scientists have presented evidence that the deep relationship between humans and honeybees is far older than we thought — giving us just one more reason to care about the conservation of a species that we’ve relied on for thousands of years.

Honeybees are a cornerstone of modern agriculture, valued both for their importance as pollinators and for the honey and wax they produce. Today, they’re considered a largely domesticated organism, commonly kept by humans in managed hives — but it wasn’t always this way. Like all domesticated creatures, honeybees  started out as wild animals.

Source: Humans have relied on honeybees for nearly 9,000 years — and now they’re mysteriously declining – The Washington Post

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