Video ~ 20 Million Year-Old Fossil Found in Uganda

Posted October 3, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 2,938 views


A team of Ugandan and French scientists has discovered the fossilized remains of a tree-climbing ape some 20 million years old, in Uganda’s Karamoja region. The fossil is thought to be a remote cousin of modern apes.

The scientists discovered the remains on July 18th while looking for fossils in the remnants of an extinct volcano in Karamoja, a semi-arid region in Uganda’s northeastern corner.

Dr. Martin Pickford, French anthropologist, said, “I would say this is a highly important fossil from that point of view, it would certainly put Uganda on the map, Uganda was already on the map but this will now make it global am sure and a lot of interest will be generated by this in scientific field and am sure also in culture and heritage.”

Pickford said preliminary studies of the fossil showed that the tree-climbing herbivore, roughly 10 years old when it died, had a head the size of a chimpanzee’s but a brain the size of a baboon’s.

Pickford also said the remains will be stored under tight security.

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