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Rare 10 million year old fossil opens new perspectives on human evolution



A 10 million year old fossil monkey has given scientists new insights into human evolution.

The monkey skeleton known as Rudapithecus was originally discovered in Hungary. The conserved basin was studied by an international research team that found that human bipedalism – bipedal locomotion – could have deeper origins than previously thought. "Carol Ward, a curator who is a professor of pathology and anatomy at the MU School of Medicine and senior author of the recently published study said in a statement that she is holding her body upright and climbing with her arms. "

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  Rudapithecus was quite apelic and probably moved between branches like now monkeys - holding his body upright and climbing with his arms.

Rudapithecus was pretty and probably moved between branches like now apes – holding his body upright and climbing his arms.
(Image courtesy of John Sibbick)

"However, modern apes would have distinguished themselves by having a more flexible lower back, which would mean that Rudapithecus had the ability to fall to the ground Stand up as people do, and this evidence supports the idea that we should not ask why human ancestors rose from all fours, but why our ancestors never crashed on all fours. "

Modern African apes typically a long pelvis and a short lower back because they are such big animals. This is one reason why they generally walk on the ground on all fours. However, humans have a longer, more flexible lower back that allows them to stand upright and walk easily on two legs.

Ward explained that if humans evolved from an African apelic physique, significant changes to the lower back extension and shortening of the pelvis would have been required.

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  A fossil basin of Rudapithecus. The pelvis is one of the most significant bones of a skeleton, but is rarely preserved.

A fossil basin from Rudapithecus. The pelvis is one of the most significant bones of a skeleton, which are rarely preserved.
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If humans had evolved from an ancestor like Rudapithecus, this transition would have been much easier.

The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of Human Evolution.


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