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Ancient Fossil Offers Clues to Primate Evolution

langelgjm (860756) writes | more than 5 years ago

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langelgjm (860756) writes "Yesterday, the New York Times reported on the unveiling of a 47 million year-old fossil at the Museum of Natural History. Discovered two years ago, the exquisitely preserved specimen is not a direct ancestor of monkeys and humans, but hints at what such an ancestor might have looked like. According to researchers, "The specimen has an unusual history: it was privately collected and sold in two parts, with only the lesser part previously known. The second part, which has just come to light, shows the skeleton to be the most complete primate known in the fossil record."

The scientific article describing the find was published yesterday in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal PLOS One. Google's home page is also celebrating the find with a unique image."

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