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Ramapithecus was, earlier, believed to be the first real ancestor of modern humans.


  1. True 

  2. False


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The correct option is A

True 


Ramapithecus lived around 12-14 million years ago. Scientists found the fossils of these in parts of northern India (Punjab) and eastern Africa. The first fossils just included a few teeth and fragments of the upper jaw. They were much like those of humans and so, Ramapithecus was for a long time, believed to be the first real ancestors of modern humans. Scientists also supposedly found other evidence for human-like traits. However, the discovery of a full jawbone of these primates around the year 1977, revealed that these jaws were pretty much ape-like and not very similar to that of the modern man’s. Latest studies have thus, indicated that Ramapithecus cannot be considered as a direct ancestor to modern humans and that they could possibly be ancestors of orangutans.

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