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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Scientists find possible missing link in Spain

Scientists in Spain have discovered fossils of an ape species from about 13 million years ago that they think may have been the last common ancestor of all living great apes, including humans.
The new ape species and its possible place in prehuman evolution were described in Friday's issue of the journal Science by a research team led by Salvador Moyà-Solà of the Miquel Crusafont Institute of Paleontology in Barcelona. The fossil remains were found near Barcelona, and named Pierolapithecus catalaunicus.
In the report, the researchers concluded that the well-preserved skull, teeth and skeletal bones promised "to contribute substantially to our understanding of the origin of extant great apes and humans."

Yet more evidence for evolution.


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