The Next New ‘Missing Link’…Ida Who?

It seems like there’s a new missing link every week, and this week is no exception. But this one’s a beauty:


Anoiapithecus brevirostris was discovered in Spain, which is interesting because this means that human ancestors may have split  from primitive apes in Europe rather than Africa.

Some cool things about this new fossil:

  • 11.9 million years old
  • flat, “surprisingly human” face (this doesn’t necessarily mean that this species is more closely linked to humans, it just demonstrates  that there was a diversity among apes in the area)
  • Nicknamed Lluc to pay homage to Lucy

Welcome to the fossil record Lluc!

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