Scientists unwrapped a few surprises hidden in a 15 million-year-old monkey skull. Yes, you heard it right! Big thanks to 3-D computer imaging.
They were analysing a bygone old World Monkey, Victoriapithecus, a family of primates that primarily includes macaques and baboons.
They were described as the single fossil and were closely related to two or three exterminated Prohylobates species.
The perplexing skull was found in the year 1997 by Dr Brenda Benefit near Lake Victoria in Kenya
Using cutting edge technology, namely high-resolution X-Ray imaging, researchers from the University of Duke and the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology cater the three-dimensional model of the Monkey’s brain to analyse it thoroughly.
After analysing it minutely, results came out to be surprising. Victoriapithecus had a brain that was almost half in contrast to modern monkeys.
Researchers also came to an unexpected result that their brain has a complex structure due to the presence of many folds and wrinkles.
It also had a malodorous bulb that was approximately three times larger than what was expected by the researchers, indicating that they surely have a better smelling power vis-à-vis monkeys that are alive today.
One of the co-authors of the study, Lauren Gonzales, said in a statement “In the part of the family tree that comprises humans and apes, the thinking is that firstly the brains got bigger, followed by the folding and going more complex.
But after this study, it came as a hard proof that in case of monkeys, the actual order of events was totally vice versa- firstly the complexity and then the bigger brains’.