From 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.
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.