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CHINESE SCIENTISTS SAY SIMIANS ORIGINATED IN ASIA

New research by Chinese scientists shows apes and monkeys, including the ancestors of humans, originated in East Asia, and not in Africa as is widely believed, Xinhua news agency said Monday.

Paleoanthropologist Jia Lanpo said the discovery in eastern Jiangsu province was epoch-making evidence that Asia, and not Africa, was the home of the first simians, Xinhua said. The finds at Shanghuang date back 45 million years and are as significant as the discovery of Peking Man, who lived 1.8 million years ago, it said.