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New Study Points to Eurasian Ape as Great Ape Ancestor

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Science  31 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5377, pp. 622-623
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5377.622

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Writing in the 30 July/15 August issue of Current Biology, a pair of researchers make a controversial claim about the identity of the last common ancestor of the living great apes. Most paleontologists currently think that the ancestor was an extinct African ape. But based on a synthesis of data from both fossil analyses and comparisons of DNAs obtained from living apes and monkeys, the researchers propose that it was instead an unknown ape from Europe or Asia that migrated into Africa 10 million years ago.

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