Mankind is witnessing numerous extinctions of diversified species due to the improper environmental conditions and poaching. However, this time an extinct species has raised a few eyebrows as its remains were found buried in an ancient Chinese tomb.
According to the Zoological Society of London, the animal from the family of apes named Junzi Imperialis was probably the first gibbon that had gone extinct due to the actions accomplished by the humans in the historic times. It went extinct long before the initiation of the modern age.
Not only the extinct species, the rest of the animals who belong to the family of apes like orangutans, chimpanzee, gibbons, and others are in danger due to the human actions. Most of them fall under the category of endangered species and are heading towards extinction due to the habitat loss and poaching. As per Dr. Samuel Turvey, the latest discovery of the skull of Junzi has altered the perception of the scientists, who were speculating on different outcomes. Currently, the focus has been diverted to the gibbons only.
Shaanxi Province in Central China has a tomb or burial chamber, which was constructed approximately 2,300 years ago. In that tomb, a portion of the skull of the gibbon was found apart from the bones of animals like black bear, leopard, and lynx.
It is also speculated that the ape and tomb were of Lady Xia, who is the grandmother of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China. He is known to initiate the construction of the Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors.
According to the latest research and computer graphics, it is evident that the animal existed even a few hundred years ago. Prof. Helen Chatterjee has stated that the extinction of the gibbon is the strongest evidence to prove the brutal human pressure and practices during that period of time in history.