Hominid fossil bones belonging to Kenyapithecus

Hominid fossil bones belonging to Kenyapithecus

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Caption: Collection of mandibular fragments and teeth belonging to Kenyapithecus wickeri, found by Louis Leakey at Fort Ternan, Kenya in 1962. These specimens were found in Miocene deposits and radiometrically dated at 14 million years ago. They resembled fragments found in present-day Pakistan in the 1930s which were named Ramapithecus. Until the 1970s both Ramapithecus and Kenyapithecus were considered to be the ancestors of the apes and modern man. This view was overturned and they are now considered to be the ancestor of the orang-utan.

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Keywords: anthropology, fossil man, hominid, hominids, hominin, kenyapithecus, leakey, louis, orang utan, orang utang, orang-utan, orangutan, orangutang, palaeoanthropology, palaeontology, paleoanthropology, paleontology

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