Rare Skull Fossil of Miocene Ape Lufengpithecus Found

Sep 11, 2013

An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of a 6.1-million-year-old relatively complete and largely undistorted juvenile cranium of the fossil ape Lufengpithecus lufengensis at the Miocene site Shuitangba in Yunnan Province, China.


Juvenile crania of apes and hominins are extremely rare in the fossil record, especially those of infants and young juveniles. The Lufengpithecus fossil is only the second relatively complete cranium of a young juvenile in the entire Miocene record of fossil apes throughout the Old World, and both were discovered from the late Miocene of Yunnan Province.

The cranium is also noteworthy for its age. It dates to near the end of the Miocene, a time when apes had become extinct in most of Eurasia.

“The fossils recovered from Shuitangba constitute one of the most important collections of late Miocene fossils brought to light in recent decades because they represent a snapshot from a critical transitional period in earth history,” said Prof Nina Jablonski from Pennsylvania State University, a second author of the paper published in the Chinese Science Bulletin.

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    Neodarwinian says:

    “The fossils recovered from Shuitangba constitute one of the most important collections of late Miocene fossils brought to light in recent decades because they represent a snapshot from a critical transitional period in earth history,”

    A transitional form that paints creationists into a smaller and smaller corner.

    Of course creationists will try to rationalize this discovery away as they have tried to rationalize away so many other discoveries.



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    Stafford Gordon says:

    And on we go; backwards, in order to progress.

    Charlie me darlin’ would have been cock-a-hoop that such discoveries are being, and will continue to be, made; shades there of the famous final paragraph? Well, ok, perhaps not!



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    Delberteen says:

    So hominid like. Obviously the juvenile lack of prognathous aids this, but without the rear of the cranium, how do we know this little fellow didn’t walk upright?



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