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CONTENTS of 59,999,999 BC- 51,000 BC Large land and aquatic mammals appear; many kinds of primates appear (almost as many go extinct); an island continent finally disappears for good; the Mediterranean valley turns into the Mediterranean Sea; human beings emerge, develop housing, clothes, lamps, and drugs, breed dogs, use horses; Mars dies (or goes dormant)

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Approximately 9,000,000 BC- 7,000,000 BC: On an island in the Mediterranean, an unusual ape is spending much of its time standing upright, and walking short distances to procure food

The island region will eventually be known as central Italy. The ape will be named Oreopithecus bambolii by 20th century human scientists. The ape's walking motions are somewhat restricted due to an unusual bird-like design to its feet, whereupon the big toe juts out at 90 degrees from the rest of the foot. The other toes appear to be more like 20th century human toes (relatively short and straight compared to 20th century apes). The slow walk of the Oreopithecus bambolii may have been encouraged by there being no predators but plentiful food on its island.

-- Ancient Ape Shuffles to Prominence by B. Bower, Science News Online, http://www.sciencenews.org, October 18, 1997

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