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MUFONET-BBS NETWORK - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 07:59 Thu Jun 20 EXP: 08:00 Sat Jun 22 쿑OSSIL JAWBONE FOUND IN NAMIBIAN MOUNTAINS 쿕OHANNESBURG (JUNE 20) - A fossil jawbone of a hominoid ape, 쿫elieved to be between 12 million and 15 million years old, 쿴as been found in Namibia's Otavi mountains, American 쿪nthropologist Glenn Conroy said here Thursday. 쿔n a statement, Mr. Conroy said the jawbone was found by 쿑rench paleontologist Dr. Martin Pickford on June 4 within 쿺inutes of the start of a search of the northern mountains 쿫y an international team of scientists. 쿟he jawbone, which had three molars intact, is older than 쿪nything so far found in southern Africa. 쿔t is from the period before the branching off of Africa's 퀃wo apes, chimpanzee and gorilla, and the man-apes of South 쿌frica which are believed to have evolved into modern man. 쿘r. Conroy, of the Washington University of Missouri and 쿴ead of the expedition, said the jawbone was that of a fully 쿭eveloped animal. 쿟he fossil showed no sign of having been gnawed by hyenas or 쿾orcupines and the most logical explanation was that the 쿪nimal died of natural causes and then fell into a sinkhole 퀇here animals could not reach it, he said. 쿟he jaw was apparently exposed for a time before being 퀃otally buried by sand and rocks. No other parts of the 퀂keleton were found. =END=


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