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Press Release 09-205 - Video

Erik Seiffert explains where ancient lemurs place on the primate evolution tree.

Stony Brook University paleontologist, Erik Seiffert, explains that while some students of the early primate fossil record consider adapiforms to be closely related to Old World monkeys, apes and humans, they actually developed similar features independently through a process called convergent evolution.

Credit: Dena Headlee/National Science Foundation

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