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Oldest primate bones

A cache of exquisitely preserved 25 tiny bones, found in a coal mine in Gujarat, appears to be the most primitive primate bones yet discovered, according to an analysis by an international team. The bones, belonging to ancient, rat-sized, tree-dwelling primates, represent a very early stage of primate evolution. “These are the best preserved and most primitive bones we have from the first five million years of primate evolution, but there’s not enough evidence currently for us to figure out when these primates reached India or where they came from,” said one of the researchers.

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