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Ancient skull belonged to a cousin of the ape common ancestor (New Scientist)



A newly discovered fossil ape skull is providing clues about the common ancestor of all living apes, including our own species. The fossil – small enough to fit comfortably in one hand – belongs to an infant, and is the most complete extinct ape skull in the fossil record so far.

We now know a large amount about the evolution of the human line since it split from the chimp lineage about 7 million years ago, but the earlier stages of ape evolution – particularly the split between all living apes – are still hazy. The fossil skull throws light on that period of ape evolution.


Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2143384-ancient-skull-belonged-to-a-cousin-of-the-ape-common-ancestor/

Christopher C. Gilbert

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