Skip to comments.11.9 Million-Year-Old Fossil of Pierolapithecus Analyzed by Researchers
Posted on 05/05/2013 12:53:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Dr Moya-Sola with colleagues discovered the fossil specimen of Pierolapithecus in Spain in 2002. They estimated that the hominid lived about 11.9 million years ago, arguing that it could be the last common ancestor of modern great apes: chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos, gorillas and humans... the shape of the specimens pelvis indicates that Pierolapithecus lived near the beginning of the great ape evolution, after the lesser apes had started to develop separately but before the great ape species began to diversify...
The ilium the largest bone in the pelvis of the Pierolapithecus is wider than that of Proconsul nyanzae, a more primitive ape that lived approximately 18 million years ago. The wider pelvis may be related to the apes greater lateral balance and stability while moving using its forelimbs. However, the fingers of the Pierolapithecus catalaunicus are unlike those of modern great apes, indicating that great apes may have evolved differently than scientists originally hypothesized, said study first author Dr Ashley Hammond from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Pierolapithecus catalaunicus seemed to use a lot of upright behaviors such as vertical climbing, but not the fully suspensory behaviors we see in great apes alive today. Today, chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos and gorillas use forelimb-dominated behaviors to swing below branches, but Pierolapithecus catalaunicus didnt have the long, curved finger bones needed for suspension, so those behaviors evolved more recently.
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That’s a little unfair, don’t you think, I mean, this innocent hominid, what did it do to you? ;’)
Seems to me modern women have a WIDE range of hip sizes...
Maybe this creature simply had more junk in the truck...
Perhaps it was a separate species that died out, but that wouldn’t fit the evolutionary theory of “scientists”.
Probably why she got so much action and therefore had more descendants, and...
If this was an “ancestor” to anything, it would seem to be the first ever found in science.
Science is a method, not a body of knowledge — that’s how it differs from non-evidence based systems, as differentiated by, I think it was, Thomas Aquinas. The scientific method results in new knowledge, IOW, putting scientists in quotes makes no sense.
She certainly challenges the ‘out of africa’ thesis ~ this is ‘out of spain’!
You shouldn’t be posting nudes of Obama & his mother.
Pieranthonolapithecus, doesn’t her son say a lot of stupid things on TV?
Were you perchance referring to this cloying moonbat?
He does seem a bit unevolved, doesn't he...
If this creature was ancestral to apes and man then would it be classified as a hominid?