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A Google translate version (slightly tweaked by me to improve the translation).
Danuvius guggenmosi is an extinct species of ape which lived about twelve million years ago. It was first described in 2019 by Madelaine Böhme and her team.
The 11.62-million-year-old Danuvius was discovered in the Hammerschmiede clay pit in the municipality of Pforzen in the Swabian district of Ostallgäu. Between 2015 and 2018 the paleontologists unearthed a total of 37 individual finds, representing about 15% of the entire skeleton of the primate. Among them were fully preserved arm and leg bones, vertebrae, finger and toe bones. The good state of conservation of the fossil skeleton is astonishing for its age and allowed for the accurate analysis of functionally important joints and the similarity to today's modern humans was noticed.
Technically, the dentition of Danuvius resembles Dryopithecus and other European apes of the late Miocene. It had a broad chest and a spine, which like modern man's is S-shaped. The extended hips and knees indicate an upright biped, but its elongated front legs are more reminiscent of a climbing monkey. With these features, Danuvius marks an intermediate stage between tree and primary earth-dwelling apes.
The name of the genus is derived from the Celtic-Roman river god Danuvius and refers to the site in the catchment area of the Danube. The epithet guggenmosi honours the discoverer of the Hammerschmiede site, the Allgäu amateur archaeologist Sigulf Guggenmos (1941-2018).
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