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Mystery ape discovered inside Chinese tomb

By T.K. Randall
June 22, 2018 · Comment icon 7 comments

The mystery primate went extinct long ago. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Julielangford
The remains of an extinct species of ape have been found inside a 2,300-year-old burial chamber.
The partial skull of the unknown primate was discovered inside the tomb of Lady Xia - the grandmother of China's first emperor, Qin Shihuang - in Shaanxi Province, central China.

The most likely explanation is that it was once kept by Xia as a luxury pet.

The remains of other animals, including bears and leopards, were also found in the chamber.
According to scientists, the ape, which has been named Junzi imperialis, went extinct long ago.

"All of the world's apes - chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and gibbons - are threatened with extinction today due to human activities, but no ape species were thought to have become extinct as a result of hunting or habitat loss," said lead researcher Dr Samuel Turvey.

"However, the discovery of the recently extinct Junzi changes this, and highlights the vulnerability of gibbons in particular."

Source: BBC News | Comments (7)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by ROGER 6 years ago
Or eaten ?  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Piney 6 years ago
Not by ethnic Chinese at that time. They were sacred.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Bavarian Raven 6 years ago
Only sacred until you are hungry enough.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Piney 6 years ago
My people never ate dogs. Not even in famine times. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Bavarian Raven 6 years ago
No offense but that's just wrong. All creatures are fair game when ones hungry enough. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ozfactor 6 years ago
That is a fearsome looking skull with those dagger like teeth 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Menhir 6 years ago
A guy is arrested for killing a bald eagle.  In court, he explains he is unemployed, without means, and killed and ate the Bald Eagle because he was starving. The judge is moved.  Citing the value of a human life over that of any animal -even if the animal is endangered- he dismisses the charges.  The judge then says with a chuckle: "I have to ask though; just what does Bald Eagle taste like- chicken?" The defendent muses for a bit and replies: "No- actually, it tastes a lot like...ummm...Spotted Owl.  Or maybe even Whooping Crane."


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