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21 Mar 2012

The First Primate - Purgatorius


How ironic is it that the earliest identified primate ancestor, Purgatorius, hopped and skittered across the North American landscape at the same time as the dinosaurs went extinct? Purgatorius certainly didn't look like an ape, monkey or lemur; this small, mouse-sized mammal probably spent most of its time high up in trees, and it has been pegged as a simian precursor mainly because of the characteristic shape of its teeth. It was only after the K/T Extinction, 65 million years ago, that Purgatorius and pals were launched on their eons-long journey into Homo sapiens.

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