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Oldest primate skeleton discovered


Posted on Thursday, 6 June, 2013 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Scientists have uncovered the near complete skeleton of a primate species dating back 55 million years.

Known as Archicebus achilles, the species was a small tree-dwelling animal which sported slender limbs, a long tail and is thought to have weighed less than an ounce. The skeleton was discovered in Central China's Hubei Province. "This is the oldest primate skeleton of this quality and completeness ever discovered and one of the most primitive primate fossils ever documented," said anthropologist Dan Gebo.

"Although scientists have found primate teeth, jaws, occasionally skulls or a few limb bones from this time period, none of this evidence is as complete as this new skeleton from China," he added. "With completeness comes more information and better evidence for the adaptive and evolutionary themes concerning primate evolution. It takes guessing out of the game."

"An international team of paleontologists that includes Northern Illinois University anthropologist Dan Gebo is announcing the discovery of a nearly complete, articulated skeleton of a new tiny, tree-dwelling primate dating back 55 million years."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Tutankhaten-pasheri on 5 June, 2013, 22:11
Well, and I thought we were descended from raccoons, or raccoons were an evolutionary advance on us, or is that felines. A strange world...
Comment icon #3 Posted by docyabut2 on 5 June, 2013, 22:50
I guess its all in the foot:) http://www.livescience.com/5419-ancient-human-ancestor-ida-discovered.html
Comment icon #4 Posted by coolguy on 6 June, 2013, 3:51
This is a great find,I wish they had some pictures
Comment icon #5 Posted by psyche101 on 6 June, 2013, 4:55
I guess its all in the foot:) http://www.livescien...discovered.html Thats a different fossil. This is an artist's conception of what the newly discovered primate, Archicebus achilles, might have looked like. (Credit: Mat Severson, Northern Illinois University) The fossil, called Darwinius masillae and said to be a female, provides the most complete understanding of the paleobiology of any primate so far discovered from the Eocene Epoch, Hurum said. An analysis of the fossil mammal is detailed today in the journal PLoS ONE.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Rolci on 6 June, 2013, 13:58
So 64 million years ago the dinosaurs died out giving way to the rodents about to evolve, which managed to mutate into a monkey in less that 10 million years on a dust-covered post-apocalyptic planet Earth. And the following 55 million years were spent just perfecting that upright walking. Sounds plausible.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 6 June, 2013, 14:13
So 64 million years ago the dinosaurs died out giving way to the rodents about to evolve, which managed to mutate into a monkey in less that 10 million years on a dust-covered post-apocalyptic planet Earth. And the following 55 million years were spent just perfecting that upright walking. Sounds plausible. Mammals have been around for at least 195 million years. Please study the subject if you are going to comment on it.
Comment icon #8 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 6 June, 2013, 14:37
I hope the scientist don't windup with egg on their face like the last time they made such a claim get it right this time.
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer on 6 June, 2013, 19:26
OK, what's more plasible, all humans came from Africa and they migrated thousands of miles to "mutate"/evelove into our current multi-physical difference forms, or there were many varieties of pre-humans that evolved according to their surroundings? Of course there's always the God theory and seven days.
Comment icon #10 Posted by HuntrSThompsun on 7 June, 2013, 7:48
K, now.. god is in my mind here and I'm just doin a hypothetical devils advocate, where and when did the consiousness of us to believe in an after death god and begin to follow a religion as a whole and what made it .. if I have an open mind as I'm taught in life, how do ppl work the word of god in it? Please answer me honestly
Comment icon #11 Posted by docyabut2 on 7 June, 2013, 11:59
Thats a different fossil. This is an artist's conception of what the newly discovered primate, Archicebus achilles, might have looked like. (Credit: Mat Severson, Northern Illinois University) The fossil, called Darwinius masillae and said to be a female, provides the most complete understanding of the paleobiology of any primate so far discovered from the Eocene Epoch, Hurum said. An analysis of the fossil mammal is detailed today in the journal PLoS ONE. A foot bone called the talus bone links Ida directly to humans. The species name, Achilles, is an allusion to its interesting heel anatomy ... [More]


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