Turtles all the way down

20 million years before man made god(s)

Posted by doctore0 on August 2, 2011

This ape was chilling in “Uganda”

Random ape chilling...

A 20-million-year-old ape skull has been found in northeastern Uganda by a team of Ugandan and French paleontologists.

It is hoped the skull could shed light on the region’s evolutionary history.

‘This is the first time that the complete skull of an ape of this age has been found … it is a highly important fossil and it will certainly put Uganda on the map in terms of the scientific world,’ Martin Pickford, a paleontologist from the College de France in Paris, told journalists in Kampala.

The fossilised skull belonged to a male Ugandapitchecus Major, a remote cousin of today’s great apes which roamed the region around 20 million years ago.

The team discovered the remains on 18 July while looking for fossils in the remnants of an extinct volcano in Uganda’s remote northeastern Karamoja region.

Preliminary studies of the fossil showed that the tree-climbing herbivore, roughly 10 years old when it died, had a head the size of a chimpanzee’s but a brain the size of a baboon’s, Pickford said.

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