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The remains of an 11-million-year-old monkey suggests that our ancestors began to stand upright millions of years ago, according to scientists.
A team of researchers has claimed that the fossilized partial skeleton of a male ape, who has lived in the wet forests of what is now the southern part of Germany and bears a striking resemblance to that of a modern human’s bones.
In an article published Wednesday by the journal Nature, they concluded that the new species, called the Danuvius guggenmosi — was able to walk on two legs, but can also climb like a monkey.
The findings “raise important questions on our previous understanding of the evolution of the great apes and humans,” Madelaine Böhme of the University of Tuebingen in Germany, who led the study, told The Associated Press.
Ambam, a Western lowland gorilla, stands in his enclosure at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Ashford, Kent. He became an online sensation when footage of him aping humans with his unusual habit of walking upright was captured.
Scientists have long tried to make a difference, when apes first evolved the ability to run on two feet. The previous fossil records of apes that stood upright, to preserve, to the date of the 6 million in the year-ago period.
Böhme, together with scientists from Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, and the United States of america, surveyed more than 15,000 bones have recovered a wealth of archaeological remains known as the Hammerschmiede, or Hammer in the Blacksmith shop, about 44 km south-west of the German city of Munich, germany.
Among the remains, they were able to piece together was, first and foremost, fossils, and belong to the four people who lived in 11.62 million years ago). According to The Associated Press, one of the most complete, he is a grown man, most likely standing about 3 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 68 kg, and looked similar to today’s bonobos, a type of chimpanzee.
“It was amazing for us to realize how strong certain bones in the human being, in contrast to the great apes,” Boehme told the wire service.
To a man, the bones of an unknown species of primate Danuvius guggenmosi in his hand, in Tuebingen, Nov.17, 2019 at the latest. Palaeontologists have discovered fossils in the southern part of Germany, which will shed light on the evolution of the upright gait. (AP Photo/Christoph Jaeckle)
The scientists were able to reconstruct how the Danuvius to move, it has been concluded that it would be able to stretch his legs and to walk upright, as well as hang it on the branches of a tree.
“It’s changing our view of early human evolution is what it is and that it has all been done in Africa,” Boehme explains.
Fred Spoor, a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London, told the AP that the fossil record had to be exciting, but is likely to have been the subject of much debate, not least because it can be a challenge for a lot of the existing ideas about evolution.
“This is a great material,” he said of the Chinese, who was not involved in the study. “I think a lot of people to analyze it.”