Picture Gallery: New Great Ape Ancestor

Great Ape Ancestor: Drawing of Ancient Ape From Spain
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Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, shown here in an artist's conception, was an ancient ape that may have been the last common ancestor of all great apes and humans. Discovered in Catalonia, Spain, the fossil of Pierolapithecus catalaunicus is roughly 13 million years old.

Scientists believe that the newfound species's stiff lower spine and other special adaptations for climbing link this species to modern great apes.

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Photo gallery by Chelsea Lane-Miller
Image copyright AAAS/Science, Illustration by Todd Marshall
 
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