A new Miocene ape and locomotion in the ancestor of great apes and humans

  title={A new Miocene ape and locomotion in the ancestor of great apes and humans},
  author={Madelaine B{\"o}hme and Nikolai Spassov and Jochen Fuss and Adrian Tr{\"o}scher and Andrew S. Deane and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Prieto and Uwe Kirscher and Thomas Lechner and David R. Begun},
Many ideas have been proposed to explain the origin of bipedalism in hominins and suspension in great apes (hominids); however, fossil evidence has been lacking. It has been suggested that bipedalism in hominins evolved from an ancestor that was a palmigrade quadruped (which would have moved similarly to living monkeys), or from a more suspensory quadruped (most similar to extant chimpanzees)1. Here we describe the fossil ape Danuvius guggenmosi (from the Allgäu region of Bavaria) for which… 

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