Sunday, 1 November 2015

Little Cousin: Human, Ape Ancestor Had 'Goggle Eyes'

by Charles Q. Choi, Live Science Contributor   |   October 29, 2015 02:11pm ET

The fossil of a small primate with "goggle" eyes that strode atop tree  branches, snagging snacks of fruit, suggests the last common ancestor of all apes might have been less like humans' closest living relatives than often thought, researchers say.

This discovery could shed light on what the last common ancestor of all apes and humans might have been like, scientists added.

For instance, the newfound species was a small-bodied ape that would have weighed about 8.8 to 11 lbs. (4 to 5 kilograms), making it similar in size to the smallest living gibbons.

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