20-million-year-old Ape Skull Discovered in Karamoja Region In Uganda

By on Aug 5, 2011 in Africa, Archaelogy, Europe, Science, World Comments

Part of the 20-million-year old skull
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A relic of a 20-million-year-old skull of an ape was found by the Ugandan and French scientists in Karamoja region in Uganda as reported by several international news sites on Tuesday, August 02, 2011.

The 20-million-year old ape skull was said to have been discovered on July 18, 2011 while the team was looking for fossils in the leftover part of an extinct volcano in Uganda.

“This is the first time that the complete skull of an ape of this age has been found. It is a highly important fossil,” Mr. Martin Pickford, a paleontologist from the College de France in Paris was quoted saying.

Mr. Pickford said in a report that preliminary studies of the ape’s skull showed that it is roughly 10 years old when it died, had a head as size of a chimpanzee’s and its brain was as big as of a baboon’s.

Furthermore, the skull was said to be of a male Ugandapithecus major, a distant relative of the Hominoidea fossil ape, according to Uganda’s junior minister for tourism , wildlife and heritage in a report.

Meanwhile, Bridgette Senut, a professor at the Musee National d’Histoire Naturelle said in the reports that the relic would be examined through X-ray and documented in Paris before returning to Uganda.

“It will be cleaned in France, it will be prepared in France and then in about one year’s time it will be returned to the country,” Senut was quoted saying in the reports.

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