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Damned dirty apes! Make that damned, dirty, 6-million- to 7-million-year-old hominids! French paleontologist Michel Brunet claims to have discovered a new genus of hominid, representing an earlier “chimpanzee-human divergence” than was previously thought. (And, apparently, it was long before Pauly Shore made that movie with Brendan Fraser.) Brunet has also neatly debunked the so-called “East Side Story” concept regarding the location of the cradle of humanity, which he now places somewhere in so-called northern Chad. Of course, this scientific wonder is based on part of a skull and a bit of lower jaw that Brunet dug out of the dirt. A Frenchman can glean all of this from a bag of bones, yet we still don’t know if Saddam and Osama are alive? Decide whether this is progress at Brunet’s slide-illustrated lecture, “Toumaï, the Earliest Hominid” at 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown University’s ICC Auditorium, 3700 O St. NW. Free. (202) 234-7911. (Dave Nuttycombe)