Fossil Potentially Puts New Twist in Human Evolution

A life reconstruction of Ganlea megacanina, a Myanmar primate which lived 38 million years ago in a tropical floodplain similar to today's monkey-filled Amazon Basin of South America.  Image credit:  Mark A. Klingler/Carnegie Museum of Natural History

A reconstruction of Ganlea megacanina, a Myanmar primate which lived 38 million years ago in a tropical floodplain similar to today's Amazon Basin. Image credit: Mark A. Klingler/Carnegie Museum of Natural History

According to research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences), a new fossil primate discovered in Myanmar may suggest that the common ancestor of humans, apes and monkeys evolved in Asia, not Africa.  According to researchers the new  fossil primate, Ganlea megacanina, has monkey-like jaws and teeth which would potentially place it close in the evolutionary chain to the common ancestor of all primates.  Moreover, this discovery takes the spotlight off of Ida, the fossil discovery announced earlier this year.  For more information on this discovery, see Discovery News.

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