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August 14, 2017
Ancient infant skull yields insights into human-ape lineage
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Researchers believe a 13-million-year-old skull recovered in Kenya belongs to the earliest common ancestor of humans and all living apes. Paleontologists have made great strides in detailing the evolution of humans since they first diverged from apes some 7 million years ago. Less is known about human and ape ancestors living before 10 million years ago. The newly discovered skull may offer some answers. Most importantly, the discovery confirms the earliest ape and human relative origina ... read more

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