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11.9 Million-Year-Old Fossil of Pierolapithecus Analyzed by Researchers
Sci-news.com ^ | Friday, May 3, 2013 | Sergio Prostak

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 specimen’s 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 ape’s 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 didn’t have the long, curved finger bones needed for suspension, so those behaviors evolved more recently.”

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: apes; godsgravesglyphs; greatapes; hominid; ohnoevolutioneek; paleontology; pierolapithecus
Reconstruction of Pierolapithecus catalaunicus (Institut Catala de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)

Reconstruction of Pierolapithecus catalaunicus (Institut Catala de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont)

1 posted on 05/05/2013 12:53:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 05/05/2013 12:54:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Ken522

That’s a little unfair, don’t you think, I mean, this innocent hominid, what did it do to you? ;’)


4 posted on 05/05/2013 1:00:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
The wider pelvis may be related to the ape’s greater lateral balance and stability while moving using its forelimbs

Seems to me modern women have a WIDE range of hip sizes...

Maybe this creature simply had more junk in the truck...

5 posted on 05/05/2013 1:03:21 PM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Perhaps it was a separate species that died out, but that wouldn’t fit the evolutionary theory of “scientists”.


6 posted on 05/05/2013 1:23:08 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Popman

Probably why she got so much action and therefore had more descendants, and...


7 posted on 05/05/2013 1:41:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

If this was an “ancestor” to anything, it would seem to be the first ever found in science.


8 posted on 05/05/2013 1:43:18 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Venturer

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.


9 posted on 05/05/2013 1:44:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Venturer

She certainly challenges the ‘out of africa’ thesis ~ this is ‘out of spain’!


10 posted on 05/05/2013 1:54:16 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SunkenCiv

You shouldn’t be posting nudes of Obama & his mother.


11 posted on 05/05/2013 2:24:22 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: SunkenCiv

Pieranthonolapithecus, doesn’t her son say a lot of stupid things on TV?


12 posted on 05/05/2013 3:31:21 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's EconomTheiics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: arthurus
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...

13 posted on 05/05/2013 6:45:12 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: SunkenCiv; All

If this creature was ancestral to apes and man then would it be classified as a hominid?


14 posted on 05/06/2013 12:04:23 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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