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2010-07-15 06:25:00

Fossils unveiled on Wednesday reveal that the last ancestor shared by monkeys and humans lived most likely between 24 and 28 million years ago, which is several million years later than previously assumed. A partial skull of an unknown species was found in western Saudi Arabia that rewrites the timeline of primate evolution and fills in a vast gap in the fossil record, researchers said. Previous genome-based analysis put the split between hominoids (apes and humans) and cercopithecoids (Old...

2010-04-22 11:35:11

DURHAM, N.C. -- A group of scientists who have studied the life history of primates for decades got to thinking about their own life histories and decided they had better do something to preserve their work for posterity. The conversation started after University of Wisconsin-Madison anthropologist Karen Strier experienced the unexpected deaths of two friends and academic colleagues "“ one a UW-Madison professor, the other a Brazilian graduate student. She approached Susan Alberts, a...

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2010-04-21 13:52:05

Catalan researchers have discovered in the rubbish dump of Can Mata in the Valls-Peneds basin (Catalonia) a new species of Pliopithecus primate, considered an extinct family of primitive Catarrhini primates (or "Old World monkeys"). The fragments of jaw and molars found in this large site demonstrate that Pliopithecus canmatensis belongs to this group, which includes the first Catarrhini that dispersed from Africa to Eurasia. Named Pliopithecus canmatensis, in honour of the place they were...

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2009-12-20 10:00:00

Monkey species will become "Ëœincreasingly at risk of extinction' because of global warming, according to new research. It reveals that populations of monkeys and apes in Africa that depend largely on a diet of leaves may be wiped out by a rise in annual temperatures of two degrees Celsius. The study by researchers from Bournemouth University, Roehampton University and the University of Oxford suggests that the species most at risk are the already endangered gorillas and colobine...

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2009-10-22 06:15:00

When scientists announced in May the discovery of a fossil which showed an evolutionary "missing link" between humans and apes, experts were skeptical the fossil was even a close human relative. A new analysis reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature further supports these doubts, finding instead that the fossil, dubbed Ida, is about as far removed from the monkey-ape-human ancestry as a primate could be. Ida is the skeleton of a 47 million-year-old creature discovered in...

2009-07-16 09:24:32

The discovery of a new primate fossil in Myanmar (formerly Burma) lends weight to the hypothesis that the common ancestor of humans, monkeys and apes (anthropoid primates) originated in Asia, and not in Africa. To support the hypothesis, an international team of paleontologists, including two French researchers, has shown that these primates, which are 37 million years old and named Ganlea megacanina, had an ability observed today in modern monkeys, but not in lemurs: they pried open and ate...

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2009-07-15 12:50:00

A University of Calgary archaeologist who is one of the few researchers in the world studying the material culture of human beings' closest living relatives "“ the great apes "“ is joining his colleagues in creating a new discipline devoted to the history of tool use in all primate species in order to better understand human evolution.Julio Mercader, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Tropical Archaeology in the U of C's Department of Archaeology, is the only Canadian author...

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2009-07-01 08:00:00

According to new research published online in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences) on July 1, 2009, a new fossil primate from Myanmar (previously known as Burma) suggests that the common ancestor of humans, monkeys and apes evolved from primates in Asia, not Africa as many researchers believe.A major focus of recent paleoanthropological research has been to establish the origin of anthropoid primates (monkeys, apes and humans) from earlier and more primitive primates...

2009-05-18 10:35:48

A University of Michigan professor says the discovery of a 47 million-year-old fossil may be from a primate species related to humans, apes and monkeys. Michigan paleontology Professor Philip Gingeric, who also serves as the president-elect of the Paleontological Society of the United States, said the newly discovered fossil also supports the adapid theory of evolution, The Wall Street Journal said Monday. A major ongoing evolutionary debate is focused on whether humans descended from an...

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2008-11-29 08:45:00

Cameroon has established a new national park that seeks to protect the world's rarest gorilla. Takamanda National Park, which borders Nigeria, is home to an estimated 115 endangered Cross River gorillas. Experts believe the total population of the subspecies is less than 300. The move coincides with an initial meeting in Rome of governments of 10 gorilla range states that seek to protect the endangered primates. The Gorilla Agreement, finalized in June, includes all the countries where the...


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  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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