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Old 05 June 2013, 10:33 PM
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Mouse Paleontologists have discovered the oldest complete primate skeleton

The fossilized remains of a previously-unknown species of primate have been unearthed in central China. At 55-million years old, it is the oldest known primate skeleton ever discovered, and harbors tantalizing clues about a pivotal branching point in humanity's evolutionary lineage.

http://io9.com/paleontologists-have-...-pri-511461687

BTW, they selected a lemur photo for the top of the article, which is not even in the major branch this fossil inhabits.
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Old 05 June 2013, 11:33 PM
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What makes you think it's a lemur? There aren't any lemurs that small. It's more like a cross between a monkey and a tarsier, which is indeed what one would expect this animal to look like.
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Old 05 June 2013, 11:53 PM
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The tail is fluffy like a lemur, unlike tarsiers and most monkeys (yes there are some that have fluffy tails), the eyes are very large (like a tarsier, but very different than what the article describes), and the limbs are long (again, most monkeys have long limbs, but I was under the impression that was a somewhat later development). Compare to the ring-tailed lemur photo below. Of course, the size is very different, but the fossil is of a smaller primate than any alive today, so that is no guide.



I may be wrong, but particularly that drawing does not match the eyes as described
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Looks like Mort from the Madagascar movies.
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