UCL Division of Biosciences


Fossil skull sheds light on ape ancestry

16 August 2017

A remarkably complete fossil skull discovered in Kenya reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like, according to a new study involving UCL research.

Fossil skull sheds light on ape ancestry
The find, announced today in Nature, belongs to an infant that lived about 13 million years ago. It's a significant discovery that will help researchers uncover whether the common ancestor of living apes and humans originated in Africa and what these early ancestors looked like.
The study involved a large international team including Professor Fred Spoor at UCL and was led by Professor Isaiah Nengo of the Turkana Basin Institute, Stony Brook University and De Anza College, USA.