Today’s NZ Herald has an article called: Apeman myth exposed
“The hominins lived 1.5 million to 4.1 million years ago, a relatively short time after proto-humans and chimps split from a common ancestor . . . Many experts have argued that this ancestor was probably quite chimpanzee-like, and as a result it has been widely assumed that the earliest humans were ape-like too.”
“Humanity’s immediate predecessors may have had trouble climbing trees, research suggests – so they may not have been as ape-like as many experts believe.
Scientists concluded this after a close study of how chimpanzees scale trees – virtually vertically and with ease – and then comparing chimp ankle joints with those of hominins, humans’ ancestors.“