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Author Topic: Toumai - of the Djurab desert of northern Chad  (Read 1860 times)
André Miller
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« on: October 10, 2002, 09:24:49 PM »

Hits in the news :

Is this man or ape?

PARIS - A fossil touted as part of modern man's oldest ancestor has sparked a squabble, with some anthropologists declaring the find makes a monkey out of the human family tree.

The conflict is being played out in the weekly science journal Nature.

According to its discoverers, the fossil nicknamed Toumai - found in the Djurab desert of northern Chad and unveiled last July - was a man-like creature or hominid, about the size of a chimpanzee which lived seven million years ago.

They claim Toumai overturns the conventional view of mankind, because the evolutionary split between apes and humans clearly occurred earlier than thought.

But a team led by Dr Milford Wolpoff of the University of Michigan, suggests the ape-like features found on Toumai meant he was no more than that - an ape.

The teeth, brow and point at the back of the head where neck muscles once attached, point to 'a small ape', they argue. --AFP

Sources :,1870,148220,00.html

André Milller
Dept. Anthropologie
Université de Montréal
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