Sunday, May 18, 2008

North America's Oldest Primate

Fossils recently uncovered in Mississippi revealed North America's oldest primate.

the Teilhardina magnoliana was a tree-dwelling primate that weighed about an ounce. It flourished about 56 million years ago and suggests that primates crossed the Bering land bridge from Asia, as some believe humans did about 55 million years later.

The fossils were discovered by K. Christopher Beard of the Carnegie Museum of National History in Pittsburgh.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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