Researchers announce discovery of oldest-known fossil primate skeleton

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 16:30 in Paleontology & Archaeology

An international team of researchers has announced the discovery of the world's oldest-known fossil primate skeleton representing a previously unknown genus and species named Archicebus achilles. In addition to being the oldest known example of an early primate skeleton, the new fossil is crucial for illuminating a pivotal event in primate and human evolution -- the evolutionary divergence between the lineage leading to anthropoids and that leading to living tarsiers.

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