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He Looks Just Like My Uncle

7 Jun

oldest-primate-skeleton-discovered-in-chinaThe fossilized bones of the earliest-recovered primate, Archicebus achilles, come from Hubei provincei, China. He’s so cute.

A farmer uncovered the fossil in a lakebed in China’s east-central Hubei Province a decade ago. Researchers used a synchrotron, a source of extremely high-powered X-rays, to visualize the near-complete skeleton without having to remove it from the surrounding rock and risk damaging its fragile frame.

They determined that the tiny, long-tailed animal would have been about the size of mouse, weighing in at just under an ounce. Its sharp teeth point to a diet of insects, and its small eyes suggest that it hunted during the day, not at night.

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