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1:57 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Scientists Discover the Oldest-Known Fossil Primate Skeleton

The oldest-known fossil primate was found encased in layers of rock near the course of the modern Yangtze River.
Credit Carnegie Museum of Natural History

A team of international scientists announced Wednesday the discovery of the oldest-known fossil primate skeleton, Archicebus achilles, uncovered in an ancient lake bed near the modern Yangtze River in China’s Hubei province.

Christopher Beard, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, said the fossil’s discovery has profound implications for understanding eras of human evolution that remain shrouded in mystery.

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