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  • Scientists discover 13 million-year-old fossil skull of an infant ape

    In fact, the images produced by the X-ray technique were so accurate that the team could establish the age at which the infant ape died: 16 months.

    Nyanzapithecines is a long-lived and diverse group of Miocene hominoids that are likely close to the first species of hominoids that first appear in the fossil record during the end of the Oligocene geological epoch in Africa-between 33.9 million and 23 million years ago. 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). It is thought that our last common ancestor with chimpanzee lived in Africa 6 to 7 million years ago. "However, the evolution of the common ancestors of living apes and humans before 10 million years ago remains elusive", said Spoor.

    Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of the most complete extinct ape skull fossil ever found, allowing them to study such characteristics as its brain cavity, inner-ear structure and unerupted adult teeth beneath the roots of its baby teeth... More
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    What big eyes you have.

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      Originally posted by cigarettesandtea View Post
      What big eyes you have.
      SCARY, almost alien lookin'...

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        Fun true fact: eyes stay the same size as you age, which is why the infant skull looks out of proportion and might have something to do with our perception of all infants of any species as "cute"

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          80% of Democrat voters say that 95% of Republican voters think the earth was created last week.

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