I’m really behind on the anthropology news. There is just too much news floating around, and I feel like I don’t have enough time to catch up with it all. From studies on tool wielding chimps, chocolate brewing, a 4,000 year old temple in Peru, to how prehistoric Vinca women dressed in Europe, and yes… more discussion on race, genetics, and human populations…. I’m overwhelmed! I’m gonna do my best to share that all with you but I really want to point out the new African Miocene ape finding.
As you know, earlier this year we heard of Chororapithecus abyssinicus, a new Miocene ape found in Ethiopia. Kenyan and Japanese anthropologists have just published their report on a similarly aged Miocene ape which is dubbed, Nakalipithecus nakayamai. It resembles Ouranopithecus macedoniensis a lot, which reminds me you may wanna read about a new species of Ouranopithecus from the late Miocene of Turkey, a publication that my friend Ferhat co-wrote. The paper is freely accessible.
Fossils like Nakalipithecus nakayamai and Chororapithecus abyssinicus are crucial, because not only is the Miocene ape record very spotty but also because they help us in figuring out the what was happening to African apes before the human lineage diverged. I’m gonna blog over at Primatology.net about Nakalipithecus nakayamai in the near future so keep an eye out.