Ugandan ape skull discovery

Ugandepithecus skullFrom New Vision in Uganda:

Age old skull discovered in Uganda

Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011

A 20 million year old ape skull has been discovered in Uganda by a team of French and Ugandan scientists.

The discovery at a fossil site near Karamoja was made by the team headed by Prof. Brigitte Senut of the Paris-based National Museum of Natural History and Dr Martin Pickford of the Collège de France in Paris.

The team said their discovery at Napak XV is a ‘sub-complete’ Hominidae skull and it is believed to be aged between 19 and 20 million years.

The term Hominidae refers to a scienticic family classification which included chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans which are closely related to humans.

From the BBC:

The scientists say preliminary analysis showed the tree-climbing herbivore was roughly 10 years old when it died.

The skull is about the same size as that of a chimp, but its brain was smaller.

“It is a highly important fossil and it will certainly put Uganda on the map in terms of the scientific world,” Martin Pickford, a palaeontologist from the College de France in Paris, told journalists in Kampala.

Dr Pickford and his colleague Brigitte Senut say the fossil skull belonged to a creature they call Ugandapithecus major.

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