Evolution, and human evolution, in particular, is a pretty big enigma, considering only the fact that humanity doesn’t know for sure why we have such an evolved brain capable of many processes which involve creative thinking. Now, recently unearthed prehistoric ape fossils of 10 million years old shed more light on evolution.
But here we will put in the scene another essential part of human evolution: the ability to walk permanently on two legs, not four as the rest of the mammals.
Humans may have more ancient bipedal ancestors than we initially thought
Carol Ward led a research team from the University of Missouri, and together they found in Hungary a fossilized ape not less than 10 million years old. They analyzed its pelvis and concluded something surprising: humans have earlier bipedal ancestors than we initially thought.
The prehistoric ape fossils were found in the Hungarian town of Rudabánya. David Begun, a professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto, was behind the finding. The researcher discovered that the primate is related to the modern African ape.
We should ask ourselves why our ancestors didn’t drop down on all four legs
As weird as it may sound, that’s precisely how we should put it, and not ask ourselves why some of the human ancestors stood up on two legs, becoming bipedal. That’s precisely what Carol Ward says, and he’s upset of the fact that Rudapithecus, the newfound ape, is not a direct ancestor of humans.
“We were able to determine that Rudapithecus would have had a more flexible torso than today’s African apes because it was much smaller — only about the size of a medium dog,” Ward said. “This is significant because our finding supports the idea suggested by other evidence that human ancestors might not have been built quite like modern African apes,” he added.
Who knows what other exciting things we will find out about human evolution? Probably the next big step is to figure out what humans are evolving into.