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  • AngelaC
    Much too early

    Hi Jim,

    Not in terms of Human evolution. The ape they are talking about is one earlier than the lines that led to chimps etc.

    They say:

    The creature, known scientifically as Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, may be the last common ancestor of the great ape family: gorillas, chimps, orangutans, and humans

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  • Jim Denning
    started a topic new-limb-on-family-tree/


    Paleontologists Salvador Moyà-Solà and his wife, Meike Köhler, of the Miquel Crusafont Institute of Paleontology in Barcelona initially found a piece of Pau’s skull and a canine tooth two years ago at a site in northeastern Spain. Later excavations unearthed more of the animal’s remarkably complete remains, a total of 83 bone fragments. In life, he weighed between 66 and 77 pounds and stood almost four feet tall.
    Like his modern relatives, Pau had a broad, sloping face and a wide rib cage, plus a flexible wrist suitable for tree climbing. At the same time, his small hands were decidedly monkeylike rather than apelike, with straight fingers. That suggests Pau lived primarily in trees but was not adept at swinging from the branches. Moyà-Solà suggests the ability to swing from branches probably evolved independently in chimps and orangutans, long after the two groups diverged.
    Although many researchers (including Moyà-Solà) place human origins in Africa, Pau may bolster the notion that humans’ earlier ancestors actually evolved in Eurasia and migrated to Africa. Thus paleoanthropologist David Begun of the University of Toronto thinks the next fossil great-ape discovery might come from Turkey. “The animals would have had to travel from Eurasia to Africa somehow,” he says. “But we’re surprised all the time by what we find.”
    would this change anything?