This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Fossil links humans and monkeys

Thanks to Ian
Original link


The primate had some features that are shared by Old World monkeys and apes

Researchers have discovered the skull of a 29 million-year-old animal that could be a common ancestor of Old World monkeys and apes, including humans.

It indicates that apes and Old World monkeys diverged millions of years later than previously thought, say the scientists.

The discovery was made in Saudi Arabia by researchers from the University of Michigan.

They described the primate, Saadanius hijazensis, in the journal Nature.

Dr William Sanders from the University of Michigan, who led the research, said this was "an extraordinary find".

The skull of this previously unknown species had some features that are shared by Old World monkeys and apes, including humans, today

"Saadanius is close to a group that eventually led to us," said Dr Sanders.
...Continue reading

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, PALEONTOLOGY


RELATED CONTENT

Modern culture emerged in Africa 20,000...

Thomas H. Maugh II - LA Times Comments

Modern culture emerged in southern Africa at least 44,000 years ago, more than 20,000 years earlier than anthropologists had previously believed

Modern Humans Blamed for Neanderthal...

Michael Balter - Wired Science Comments

New studies on volcanic glass show that a volcanic eruption once thought to be blamed for the demise of Neanderthals occurred after they were already gone.

A Bone Here, a Bead There: On the Trail...

John Noble Wilford - New York Times Comments

Who are we, and where did we come from?

Early Human Ancestor, Australopithecus...

- - ScienceDaily Comments

This is the tooth of a hominid embedded in a rock containing significant parts of a skeleton of an early human ancestor. The skeleton is believed to be the remains of "Karabo", the type skeleton of Australopithecus sediba, discovered at the Malapa Site in the Cradle of Humankind in 2009. (Credit: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

Evolution, Humanism, and Conservation:...

Ryan Shaffer - The Humanist Comments

Interview with Richard Leakey, a world-renowned paleoanthropologist whose career has been marked by famous scientific finds, political office, and conservation efforts.

All dinosaurs may have had feathers

Meghan Rosen - Science News Comments

A newly discovered, nearly complete fossilized skeleton hints that all dinosaurs may have sported feathers.

MORE

MORE BY PALLAB GHOSH

'Save the planet', science leaders urge...

Pallab Ghosh - BBC News - Science &... 35 Comments

LHC results put supersymmetry theory...

Pallab Ghosh - BBC News Science &... 30 Comments

"Supersymmetry... has got symmetry and it's super - but there's no experimental data to say it is correct" - Professor George Smoot, Nobel Laureate

Study examines scientists' 'climate...

Pallab Ghosh - BBC 74 Comments

MORE

Comments

Comment RSS Feed

Please sign in or register to comment