Controversy Over Famed Ancient Skull: Ape or Human?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 9, 2002   View Article

A six to seven million-year-old skull from northern Chad that shook the world when its discovery was announced this July may not be what its discoverers’ believe it to be: the oldest known member of the human family. “It is an ape and not a human ancestor,” said Milford Wolpoff, an anthropologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

But the lead scientist who discovered the skull, Michel Brunet of the University of Poitiers in France, stands by his theory that the fossil is a hominid.

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