When Did We Stop Being Apes? – #365papers – 2017 – 143

#365papers for May 23, 2017

Fuss, Spassov, Begun, and Bohme, 2017, Potential hominin affinities of Graecopithecus from the Late Miocene of Europe: PlosONE, v. 12, e01771127

What’s it about?

Yesterday’s paper was about the age of the new species Graecopithecus, an early relative of humans. This paper discusses what separates Graecopithecus from other apes and what unites it more closely with humans.

Why does it matter?

With a clear definition of what distinguishes humans and their closest relatives from apes, and by also having an age for the oldest member of the human lineage, we can better understand how we came to be who we are.

Why did I read this?

This paper was all over social media. I felt obligated to read it.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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