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Monday, February 5th, 2007, 07:14 AM
Fossils of "Most Primitive Primate" Found Near Yellowstone

Brian Handwerk

Fossils of the most primitive primate ever discovered have been unearthed near Yellowstone National Park (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/destinations/Yellowstone_National_Park/), a find that scientists say could redraw humans' family tree.

The animal belongs to an ancient group of mammals called plesiadapiforms, small creatures that scientists recently thought were closely related to modern nonprimates called flying lemurs.

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But in a new study, the paleontologists who found the fossils say that plesiadapiforms are in fact the most primitive known primates.
The theory pushes the history of primate evolution back some ten million years.

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