Fossil remains of extinct ape found in Spain

Scientists have announced the discovery in Catalonia of fossil remains of a small, fruit-eating female ape that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain, in a warm, wet forested region with animals that included rhinos and sabre-toothed predators. The h
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Scientists have announced the discovery in Catalonia of fossil remains of a small, fruit-eating female ape that lived 11.6 million years ago in Spain, in a warm, wet forested region with animals that included rhinos and sabre-toothed predators. The head of the extinct ape Pilobates cataloniae can be seen in this reconstruction illustration by the Catalan Institute of Paleontology, near Barcelona. The well-preserved partial skull and skeleton of the gibbon-like creature is shedding new light on the evolutionary history of modern apes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2015, with the headline 'Fossil remains of extinct ape found in Spain'. Print Edition | Subscribe