An interesting bit of science news from my local University, the University of Copenhagen.
Extinct giant ape directly linked to the living orangutan
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have succeeded in reconstructing the evolutionary relationship between a two million year old giant primate and the living orangutan. It is the first time genetic material this old has been retrieved from a fossil in a subtropical area. This allows the researchers to accurately reconstruct animal, including human, evolutionary processes way beyond the limits known today.
As the opening paragraph makes clear, this is an interesting piece of news, not only because of the results, but also because of the advancements in techniques this research has led to.
The news release from the university mostly focuses on how the expansion of the techniques are going to make broader research possible – for the actual results of the study, you’ll have to go to the article in Nature (behind a paywall)
Pierce R. Butler says
… the evolutionary relationship between a two million year old giant primate and the living orangutan.
So, they have proven that King Kong was actually a redhead?
Behind a paywall. Damn. Well, that’s frustrating .. Sounds intriguing but can’t see it.