New infant cranium from the African Miocene sheds light on ape evolution

  title={New infant cranium from the African Miocene sheds light on ape evolution},
  author={I. Nengo and P. Tafforeau and Christopher C. Gilbert and J. Fleagle and E. Miller and C. Feibel and D. L. Fox and J. Feinberg and Kelsey D. Pugh and Camille Berruyer and Sara Mana and Zachary Engle and F. Spoor},
  • I. Nengo, P. Tafforeau, +10 authors F. Spoor
  • Published 2017
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The evolutionary history of extant hominoids (humans and apes) remains poorly understood. The African fossil record during the crucial time period, the Miocene epoch, largely comprises isolated jaws and teeth, and little is known about ape cranial evolution. Here we report on the, to our knowledge, most complete fossil ape cranium yet described, recovered from the 13 million-year-old Middle Miocene site of Napudet, Kenya. The infant specimen, KNM-NP 59050, is assigned to a new species of… CONTINUE READING
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