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Fossil Teeth From Ethiopia Support Early, African Origin for Apes

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Science  24 Aug 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5841, pp. 1016-1017
DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5841.1016a

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This week in Nature, researchers report the discovery of nine teeth that resemble those of modern gorillas--but that belonged to an ape that lived about 10 million years ago in the Afar Rift of Ethiopia. The find could push back the origin of gorillas by at least 2 million years.