Paleontologists found the earliest fossility of a human monkey

Paleontologists found the earliest fossility of a human monkey

A group of scientists led by researchers from China discovered the earliest fossility of the gibbon, and a study of the fossil remains showed that the discovery belonged to the species Yuanmoupithecus hiaoyuan and was between 7 and 8 million years old, filling a gap in the evolution of human apes.

Scientists have studied samples of the teeth and skull of the fossil gibbon, including the upper jaw of a baby who was under two years old at the time of his death, using the size of the native teeth as a guide, and have calculated that the species was similar in size to modern gibbons and had a body mass of about 6 kg.

The teeth and the lower part of Yuanmoupithecus' face are very similar to the jaws of modern hybrids, but in some ways the fossil species was more primitive, indicating that it was an ancestor of all living species today, with paleontologists.

Researchers say that the fossil remains of ancient apes are very rare, most of which represent individual teeth or fragments of jaws found in southern China and South-East Asia, with most of the finds not exceeding 2 million years of age.

The discovery of the remaining bones of Yuanmoupitecus xiaoyuan reveals the evolution of all the hybrids for 5 million years deep, and researchers hope that future research will allow further progress: apes separated from their common ancestor about 17–22 million years ago.