Ancient skull belonged to a cousin of the ape common ancestor

Credit: Fred SpoorThe most complete extinct-ape skull ever found reveals what the last common ancestor of all living apes and humans might have looked like, according to a new study. The 13-million-year-old infant skull, which its discoverers nicknamed "Alesi," was unearthed in Kenya in 2014. It likely belonged to a fruit-eating, slow-climbing primate that resembled a baby gibbon, the researchers said. Among the living primates, humans are most closely related to the apes, which include the lesser apes (gibbons) and the great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans). These so-called hominoids — that is, the gibbons, great apes, and humans — emerged and diversified during the Miocene epoch, approximately 23 million to 5 million years ago. (The last common ancestor that humans had with chimpanzees lived about 6 million to 7 million years ago.) Much remains unknown about the common ancestors of living apes and humans from the critical time when these branches diverged.

Ancient skull belonged to a cousin of the ape common ancestor

A 13-million-year-old skull found in Kenya provides the best evidence yet for the African origins of the ancient species that gave rise to all living apes

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Newscientist

Infant ape’s tiny skull could have a big impact on ape evolution

Fossil comes from a lineage that had ties to the ancestor of modern apes and humans, researchers argue.

Wed 9 Aug 17 from ScienceNews

New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry

The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The find, announced in the scientific journal ...

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Phys.org

The 13-million-year-old infant skull was unearthed in Kenya in 2014 and will help researchers understand how climate, ecology, geography, and other factors were key to evolution.

Credit: Fred SpoorThe most complete extinct-ape skull ever found reveals what the last common ancestor of all living apes and humans might have looked like, according to a new ...

Fri 11 Aug 17 from Discovery News

A 13 million year old skull could show us what our ancestors looked like

Science A complete skull of an ancient infant primate was found in northern Kenya A tiny, infant skull discovered in the Napudet area, west of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya ...

Thu 10 Aug 17 from Popular Science

In Photos: 13-Million-Year-Old Primate Skull Discovered

Scientists have discovered the skull of a small primate that may reveal what the last common ancestor of living apes and humans may have looked like. Here's a look at photos of the skull and ...

Thu 10 Aug 17 from Livescience

Here's What the Last Common Ancestor of Apes and Humans Looked Like

The most complete extinct-ape skull ever found reveals what the last common ancestor of all living apes and humans might have looked like, according to a new study.

Thu 10 Aug 17 from Livescience

Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind's remote past

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ...

Thu 10 Aug 17 from Reuters

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