<p>Orangutans are another close relative of humans.</p>
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Orangutans are another close relative of humans.

New ancestor discovered

The fossilizedjaw of a tiny primate that lived about 35 million years ago has been unearthed in a coal mine in Krabi, Thailand.

A recent excavation of the mine turned up a number of fossils, including part of a jaw and teeth from the creature, dubbed Krabia minuta. Based on the tooth geometry, the research team believes the Krabia minuta is part of a group called amphipithecids, an extinct group of anthropoids that once lived in Southeast Asia.