Saturday Morning Physics
The Oldest Hominoids: Locomotor & Dietary Variation in Our Ape Ancestors
Hominoids, the group of primates that include humans and apes, first appear in the fossil record just prior to 20 million years ago. New fossils and analytical techniques have revealed that the oldest hominoids were more diverse than previously recognized, with both dietary and locomotor variability. This leads us to rethink the early stages of ape and human evolution.