Prabhupada: The monkey is existing, the man is existing.
Syamasundara: “So if men came from monkeys, why don’t we see it still happening?” That’s what you said.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is our argument.
“Our 20million-year-old ancestor: Scientists find fossil of ancient ape in volcano”
- Head the size of a chimpanzee’s, but with brain the size of a baboon’s
Paleontologists hail ‘highly important’ find
Herbivore thought to have died aged ten
A fossilised skull of a 20million-year-old tree-climbing ape has been discovered in a Ugandan volcano, scientists revealed today.
Paleontologists said it was the first time the complete skull of an ape of that age has been found.
‘It is a highly important fossil,’ said Dr Martin Pickford, who co-led the team.
It was found on July 18 by French and Ugandan scientists in the remnants of an extinct volcano in Karamoja, a semi-arid region in Uganda’s north-eastern corner.
The skull was buried under ashes when the volcano erupted some 20million years ago.
Its teeth are not worn out and has big canines, which suggest it was a young male.
Dr Pickford, from the College de France in Paris, said preliminary studies showed that the herbivore, roughly 10 years old when it died, had a head the size of a chimpanzee’s, but a brain the size of a baboon’s, a bigger ape.
The team believes the specimen would not have had a big enough brain to develop speech, but it represents a key piece of evidence to work out brain volume relative to body weight across time.
It is also the first time a skull of a Ugandapithecus Major, a species named in 1950, has been found.
Bridgette Senut, a professor at the Musee National d’Histoire Naturelle, said the remains would be taken to Paris to be x-rayed and documented before being returned to Uganda.
‘It will be cleaned in France, it will be prepared in France and then in about one year’s time it will be returned to the country,’ she said.
Uganda’s junior minister for tourism, wildlife and heritage said the skull was a remote cousin of the Hominidea Fossil Ape.
In 2005, researchers discovered the skull of a 29million-year-old animal believed to be a common ancestor of Old World monkeys and apes, including humans.
The fossil, found in Saudi Arabia by researchers from the University of Michigan, indicated that apes and Old World monkeys diverged millions of years later than previously thought.