Standing Tall: Scientists Find Oldest Example of Upright Ape

BERLIN — The remains of an ancient ape found in a Bavarian clay pit suggest that humans’ ancestors began standing upright millions of years earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday.

An international team of researchers says the fossilized partial skeleton of a male ape that lived almost 12 million years ago in the humid forests of what is now southern Germany bears a striking resemblance to modern human bones. In a paper published by the journal Nature, they concluded that the previously unknown species — named Danuvius guggenmosi — could walk on two legs but also climb like an ape.

Article URL : https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/11/06/world/europe/ap-eu-germany-bipedal-ape.html

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