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Press Release 10-078

Odd Mosaic of Dental Features Reveals Undocumented Primate

Previously unknown species complicates understanding of African evolution

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Composite lower dentition of the 37-million-year-old primate Nosmips from northern Egypt.

Composite lower dentition of the 37 million-year-old primate Nosmips, from northern Egypt, is shown.

Credit: Erik Seiffert, Stony Brook University


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Erik Seiffert answers a question about what Nosmips may have looked like.

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Stony Brook University paleontologist and lead researcher Erik Seiffert answers a question about what Nosmips may have looked like.

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Eric Seiffert explain how you could tell that all the teeth belonged to one species.

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Erik Seiffert answers a question about knowing how teeth found in isolation over nine years of field research belong to the same species.

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Eric Seiffert explain how rare a find is Nosmips.

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Erik Seiffert answers a question about the rareness of the Nosmips find and its impact on understanding African primate evolution.

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Erik Seiffert explains the meaning of the name Nosmips aenigmaticus.

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Erik Seiffert answers a question about the meaning of the name Nosmips aenigmaticus.

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A 3D reconstruction of the upper and lower teeth of the African primate Nosmips.

A 3D reconstruction of the isolated upper and lower teeth of the 37 million-year-old primate Nosmips, from northern Egypt.

Credit: Erik Seiffert, Stony Brook University


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Paleontologists excavating Birket Qarun Locality 2, which produced the Nosmips fossils.

Paleontologists excavating Birket Qarun Locality 2, the site within the Fayum Depression in northern Egypt that produced the Nosmips fossils.

Credit: Erik Seiffert, Stony Brook University


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