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China was an ancient-ape paradise

Excavations uncover oldest known ancestral gibbon remains

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7:13pm, April 24, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Scientists excavating near the edge of a plateau in southern China that features a precipitous 20-meter drop have uncovered a trove of ancient ape fossils, including the oldest-known remains of ancestral gibbons.

These finds consist of two complete teeth from a fossil ape genus known as Yuanmoupithecus. Fragmentary bones found earlier had been used to suggest that this creature evolved from East African apes that lived more than 10 million years ago.

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