Human ancestor was less-chimp-like than thought: study
PARIS (AFP) - The last common ancestor of Man and Ape was not a knuckle-walking, tree-swinging hominid resembling today's chimpanzee, said a study on Tuesday, challenging some long-held theories of human evolution.
Rather than a prototype chimp as commonly believed, our common forefather was an ape unlike any that exists today.
From it, humans and modern-day apes evolved into two completely different directions, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications.
"The majority of palaeoanthropologists tend to assume that the last common ancestor of chimpanzees and humans looked like a chimpanzee," said anatomical scientist Sergio Almecija of the Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York.