The fossil hunters have found the skull of an infant ape in Kenya. The 3D X-ray of the skull shows the internal parts of the skull. The scientists have also guessed that the skull is of a baby ape that lived 13 million years ago. They are of the view that this skull may relate with the human ancestors living in those days. This skull is about the size of a lemon and the fossil hunters have found it near Turkana Lake area by luck. The detailed report about the discovery of skull has appeared in Nature Journal on August 10.
They have named it as ‘Alesi’ which means ancestor in the common language of Turkana. Through observing the skull, the scientists have also clarified that it is the skull of a baby ape that died after fourteen months of his birth. Although the skull does not relate with human beings, yet the scientists say that it may have a close link with human ancestors. This is because they believe that the apes and humans may have common ancestors.
The fossil hunters say that they have found a complete skull after a long time spent in searching. This skull will help the scientists in their discovery missions. Earlier, the scientists were of the view that humans and chimpanzees had common ancestors about 6-7 million years ago. But, this skull is 13 million years old and will tell more about the common ancestors of humans and apes.
The fossil hunters say that they have found many fossils during past few years. From those remains, we have become able to guess the human evolution. The teeth in this recent skull also suggest that it relates to some previously undiscovered species. This discovery will open new horizons of success for fossil hunters and they will describe the human evolution in a better way.