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New primate species at root of tree of extant hominoids: It lived 11.6 million years ago and precedes the divergence between hominids and hylobatids — ScienceDaily

October 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Reconstruction of the skull (front and side view) and representation of life appearance of Pliobates cataloniae are shown.

Living hominoids are a group of primates that includes the small-bodied apes (the lesser apes, or gibbons and siamangs, which constitute the family Hylobatidae) and the larger-bodied great apes (orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees), which, along with humans, belong to the family Hominidae. All extant hominoids share several features, such as the lack of external tail, an orthograde body plan that enables an upright trunk position, and several cranial characteristics. All these features might have been present in the common ancestor of hominids and hylobatids that, according to molecular data, would have lived about 15-20 million years ago.

Source: New primate species at root of tree of extant hominoids: It lived 11.6 million years ago and precedes the divergence between hominids and hylobatids — ScienceDaily

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