04 06 12 - 16:11
Researchers agree that our immediate ancestors, the upright walking apes, arose in Africa. But the discovery of a new primate that lived about 37 million years ago in the ancient swamplands of Myanmar bolsters the idea that the deep primate family tree that gave rise to humans is rooted in Asia. If true, the discovery suggests that the ancestors of all monkeys, apes, and humansâknown as the anthropoidsâarose in Asia and made the arduous journey to the island continent of Africa almost 40 million years ago. - AAAS Science
Interesting. Africa could be a kind of reflector of life, creating radical diversity that then goes out and is absorbed by other parts of the species.