9.6 Ma), however, hominoids became extinct in Western and Central Europe, with the exception of the insular endemic Oreopithecus
, which survived until ca.
Washington, July 26 ( ANI ): For decades, the movement of an ancient ape species called Oreopithecus has been a matter of debate for scientists.
The findings refute a long body of evidence, suggesting that Oreopithecus had the capabilities for bipedal (moving on two legs) walking.
Consider Oreopithecus, an ape that lived on an island near Italy between 9 million and 7 million years ago.
"Oreopithecus shows that there are alternate pathways to evolving a ground-based skeleton from the ape body plan," Hawks says.
Como ejemplo de estos antropoides pueden citarse el Dryopithecus, el Oreopithecus
y el Ramapithecus.
They pointed out the cases of the Ramapithecus discovery in south Asia, which was touted in the 1960s and '70s as a human ancestor, and Oreopithecus
bambolii discovered in Italy, which was assumed to be a human ancestor because of some of its skeletal features.
, a 7-million-to-9-million-year-old apelike creature that lived on what was once a Mediterranean island.
The animal, known as Oreopithecus bambolii, boasted an opposable thumb and a grasping ability much like that exhibited by members of the human evolutionary family 3 million to 4 million years old, according to a new report.
Moya-Sola's team studied Oreopithecus fossils previously found at an Italian site and now held at the Natural History Museum in Basel, Switzerland.
Further study of the ancient Mediterranean creature, known as Oreopithecus
bambolii, should help to clarify how evolutionary pressures led to an upright stance, say Meike Kohler and Salvador Moya-Sola, both of the M.
One possibility, says paleontologist Terry Harrison of New York University, is that Turkanapithecus is related to a European hominoid known as Oreopithecus
. Harrison discusses new 17-million-year-old Oreopithecus
specimens in the December AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY.