August 31, 2005
Ancient Cousin

New Scientist today is reporting on the earliest-known chimpanzee fossils yet found. While human ancestors lived in the comparatively fossil-friendly savannah, the east African rain forests chimps have lived in were not thought to be able to produce fossils. This find in the Eastern Rift Valley shows not only that chimp ancestors had a far wider and more diverse range of habitat than previously thought, but that they also existed in close proximity to our own ancestors.

Posted by scott at August 31, 2005 03:15 PM

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