Ancient Infant Ape Skull Sheds Light on the Ancestor of All Humans and Living Apes

Anthropologists have waited decades to find the complete cranium of a Miocene ape from Africa — one that lived in the hazy period before the human lineage split off from the common ancestors we share with chimpanzees some 7 million years ago. Now, scientists in Kenya have found their prize at last: an almost perfectly preserved skull roughly the size of a baseball. The catch? It’s from an infant. That means that although it can give scientists a rough idea of what the common ancestor to all living apes and humans would have looked like, drawing other meaningful conclusions could be challenging.

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