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Our earliest primate cousin discovered in Asia

发布时间:2019-03-31 02:20:01来源:未知点击:

(Image: Paul Tafforeau (ESRF) and Xijun Ni (Chinese Academy of Sciences)) By Colin Barras and Michael Marshall OUR distant ancestors evolved not in Africa but Asia, in a hothouse world newly free of dinosaurs. Over 55 million years ago, in the lush rainforests of what is now east Asia, a new voice was heard in the animal chorus: the cry of the first primate. A fossil unveiled this week might give us an idea of what this crucial ancestor looked like. It is the earliest primate skeleton ever found. It also strongly suggests that our lineage evolved in Asia,