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30 July 2015
I Thought You Were Likable
Regardless of how one feels about mammals and apes, we really owe a lot to the likes of Proconsul and its descendants. We are, after all, distantly related to these early apes. They may not have toys and plush animals like dinosaurs do, but they are just as important tot he history of life on this planet, and we know so very little about them, despite the treasure trove of knowledge we have concerning the genus. There are PBS specials that discuss this very important ape. There are also books and many scholarly papers in reputable journals. However, the general public, for a variety of reasons, knows very little about Proconsul and other early apes. There needs to be a lot more PBS viewership, in my opinion.