• Chris Gilbert

Skull of Earliest Baboon Discovered (Live Science)

A 2-million-year-old skull unearthed in South Africa belongs to the earliest baboon ever found, a new study finds.

Researchers discovered the partial cranium at Malapa, a Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site filled with caves and fossil deposits and located about 31 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Johannesburg. In 2010, researchers at the Malapa fossil site uncovered the partial skeletons of the early hominin species, Australopithecus sediba.

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