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Brain, Size and Gender Surprises in Latest Fossil Tying Humans, Apes and Monkeys


May 14, 2007

News thumbnail A surprisingly complete fossil skull of an ancient relative of humans, apes and monkeys bears striking evidence that our remote ancestor was less mentally advanced than expected by about 29 million years ago. Full Story

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Duke University

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