August 2nd, 2011
09:52 AM ET

Ancient ape skull found in Uganda

Scientists say they have found a 20 million-year-old fossil of an ape skull in Uganda.

A team of French and Ugandan paleontologists found the skull at a site called Napak XV, said team leader Martin Pickford, according to the news site The Hindu.

"This is the first time that the complete skull of an ape of this age has been found. ... (I)t is a highly important fossil and it will certainly put Uganda on the map in terms of the scientific world," Pickford said Tuesday in Kampala, according to France's

The skull belonged to a male Ugandapithecus major, an ancestor of today's great apes.

The expedition was led by Pickford, of the Collège de France in Paris, and professor Brigitte Senut of the Paris-based National Museum of Natural History, reported Uganda's New Vision website.

The discovery will enhance understanding of the development of apes and humans, the scientists said.

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  1. Madame Royale


    August 2, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Flo

    And away we go...I knew it wouldn't be long before someone dragged in the 800 pound gorilla in the corner...LMAO!!!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. CSnSC

    @Flo, excelent

    August 2, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. followers of the old man

    The old man didn't say anything about how long it took to make everything. He did mention spending seven of his days spent preparing the earth after it was already made though. Funny...some people confuse the length of his days with their own puny little 24hr days. Ain't that a hoot?.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      They use dates and ages of the people in the bible to date things from the beginning.....THEY(biblical scholars) detrimed that adam and eve lived 6-14k years ago. This is of course complete BS, but so is the entire bible.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Flo

    T's funny how some people have to bring up the old man in every single topic, no matter what the topic is. I believe you want the 'Belief Blog.'

    August 2, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Madame Royale


    August 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I didn't say a word.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. troll babalooey

    Philip is talking smack again!

    August 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. coffins

    Madame Royale brought up the old man subject when she questioned his 'dust to dust theory' and then again when she mistakenly said that believers don't think that the earth was here 20 million years ago. Word.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the bible

    "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" is all that the bible has to say about how long the earth and universe has been around. People who listen to preachers and priest's RATHER than finding out for themselves are the "believers" who think that God made everything in seven of man's days. Bible students understand that the earth hase been around for billions of years, and that AFTER the universe was created God spent seven of HIS days...6 preparing the earth to be inhabited by mankind, and one day, his seventh day, for resting from his work. A custom we still carry on to this very day.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The same people that sway your way of thought are the ones that decided thats how old it was. I've been lectured by one of these people....they tell me that "scholars" traced Adam and eves linage and thats how they know how old the earth is.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua the Agnostic

      They only believe this because they are forced to. Many scientists were killed by the church for even suggesting that the Earth was no the center of the universe. The bible is not infallible.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the bible

    Oh...and he made man. Out of dirt even.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You know this from reading a book written by 12+ men 1800 years ago? Which is 200 years after the death of Jesus? Any person in seminary school can tell you that. Think for yourself and stop letting others tell you whats real....0% proof sir.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua the Agnostic

      Aaah yes dirt. The one of the 4 elements of the ancient world. Earth wind fire and water. People cannot write in books what they do not understand.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joshua the Agnostic

    Only fundamentalist Christians believe that the earth is young, and it's not a whole lot of them that do. Jewish people by and large do not believe this and they have the same god and actually wrote the book of Genesis.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. the bible

    Many people question the bible's authenticity and sincerity when it comes to how old the earth is or how long humans have been living. But not near as many as who question what the bible has to say about how people should go about living. "Flee from fornication" say's the word. How many people believe that one? "You have comitted adultry with her in your own heart and so are just as liable" says Jesus...who believes THAT these days. What? Maybe a million people worldwide. Everyone else believes something else and does it too.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua the Agnostic

      If your god is so great, then why do you have to defend him like he is a child.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Madame Royale

    Madame Royale was making a silly comment that was taken seriously by a zealot who has to force his own beliefs down any throat that chooses to think differently than he does.
    Madame Royale was commenting on the fact that, after 20 million years, the skull was intact.
    Madame Royale was actually wondering how long it takes for a skull to return to dust, as 20 million years is apparently not enough time.
    Coffin or not, 20 million years should be plenty enough time to return to dust.
    Madame Royale wonders why it isn't.

    August 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    If you've ever been on the "belief blog" Mr.coffin, you'd know that christians don't put much faith in scientific facts! Also they do believe in the book verbatim & chronologically! You might be happy to know I'm more of a beliver of the theory you're putting forth, except I don't believe in the "old man" format but rather, the "old spirit"! Can you hang with that? If so, I'm glad this spirit lets us in on the mystery of our "birth" on this planet, ever so often, by letting archeologists find these clues to our past! I wanna know 1 thing: how do they know this 1 is an ape & not a humanoid? They all look kinda apish to me! Shout out to Madame Royal, JIF (real) & Phillip ( I think you're in there somewhere). Have a good 1!!

    August 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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