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Discovery by Baylor University researchers sheds new light on the habitat of early apes
Date:2/19/2014

and other primates.

Evidence from these fossils of Proconsul indicate that it probably had a body position somewhat "similar to modern monkeys," but that details of its anatomy suggest some "more ape-like climbing and clambering" abilities. Since 2011, the team's research at the fossil forest site has resulted in the collection of several additional new primate fossils.

"This understanding of Proconsul's skeletal anatomy and how it moved demonstrates that the species was well-suited for life in a dense, closed canopy forest, which is consistent with our findings," Michel said.


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Contact: Tonya B. Lewis
tonya_lewis@baylor.edu
254-710-4656
Baylor University
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