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Scientists Discover Oldest Primate Skeleton

June 5, 2013

an artist's conception of Archicebus achilles An international team of paleontologists is announcing the discovery of a nearly complete, articulated skeleton of a new tiny, tree-dwelling primate dating back 55 million years. It is the oldest primate skeleton of this quality and completeness ever discovered. Full Story

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