Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Ape May Be Human-linked Gorilla: "The jawbone recently unearthed in Kenya may have come from the last common ancestor of gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans, researchers say. The find also helps refute a theory that the apes that eventually gave rise to humans left Africa for Asia and Europe, only to return much later, as many experts have hypothesized.
The jaw was found at Nakali, Kenya, on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley, along with an incisor, canine, and molar teeth. The teeth are so different from earlier finds that researchers placed the creature, named Nakalipithecus nakayamai, in a new hominid genus."

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