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Chororapithecus is an extinct hominine genus that lived during the Miocene and is represented by one species, Chororapithecus abyssinicus. It is believed to be the earliest known species of the tribe Gorillini.[1] It was originally interpreted as living about 10 to 10.5 million years ago, and its existence was thought to indicate that the last common ancestor between the human/chimpanzee lineage and gorillas may have lived greater than 10 to 11 million years ago, which is at least 2 million years earlier than the previously thought date of divergence of about 8 million years ago.[2] However, a subsequent study by Katoh et al. (2016) dated its fossils to ~8 million years ago.

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