Oldest primate skeleton discovered
By T.K. Randall
June 6, 2013 · 11 comments
Image Credit: CAS/Xijun Ni
Scientists have uncovered the near complete skeleton of a primate species dating back 55 million years.
[!gad]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.
Source: Science Daily
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