Scientists recently uncovered a near-complete fossil skeleton of an ancient primate in China. The 55-million-year-old find presents a unique combination of primitive and advanced features, placing it at a point on the primate family tree from which humans and our closest relatives eventually emerged. The fossil’s age suggests that these primate lineages diverged earlier than previously thought.

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Nature: The oldest known primate skeleton and early haplorhine evolution
nature.com/nature/journal/v498/n7452/full/nature12200.html

Tree of Life Web Project: Primates
tolweb.org/Primates

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
esrf.eu/

AMNH: Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins
amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/human-origins-and-cultural-halls/anne-and-bernard-spitzer-hall-of-human-origins

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