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- proper noun A taxonomic
genuswithin the family Hominidae— an extinct Gorillafrom the Miocene.
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The new species (Chororapithecus abyssinicus) from Ethiopia, reported on ‘A new species of great ape from the late Miocene epoch in Ethiopia’, helps to fill in a huge gap in the fossil record.
According to Suwa some researchers have argued that “Chororapithecus abyssinicus suggests, once again, that Africa was the place of origin of both humans and modern African apes not Eurasia.”
But the new fossils, dubbed "Chororapithecus abyssinicus" by the team of Japanese and Ethiopian paleoanthropologists who found them, place the early ancestors of the modern day gorilla 10 to 10.5 million years in the past, suggesting that the human-ape split occurred before that.