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An international team of researchers, including Alejandra Ortiz, a postdoctoral researcher with ASU's Institute of Human Origins, has discovered a new genus and species in an unusual place — a tomb. The Junzi imperialis, a small-bodied ape that lived in China as recently as 2,200 years ago, was discovered in what was the ancient capital of Chang’an (now Xi’an) in the high-status tomb of Lady Xia, which contained 12 pits with animal remains and other grave goods.

 

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