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Researchers Discover Oldest Fossil Primate Skeleton
2013-06-05 12:43:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has discovered the oldest known fossil primate skeleton, which could shed light of the evolutionary divergence between the lineage leading to modern monkeys, apes and humans on one side and the lineage leading to tarsiers on the other. According to a report of the discovery in the journal Nature, the fossil was found in an ancient Chinese lakebed, near the course of the modern Yangtze River....

Bulging Eyes Of The Tarsier Provide Insight Into Evolution Of Human Vision
2013-03-28 09:58:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by Dartmouth College, suggests that primates developed highly accurate, three-color vision that allowed them to shift to daytime living after eons of wandering in the dark. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, challenge the prevailing theory that trichromatic color vision, a hallmark event in primate evolution, evolved only after primates became diurnal....

Key To Ancient Primate Behavior May Come Inner Ear
2012-06-13 16:42:12

CT scans of fossilized primate skulls or skull fragments from both the Old and New Worlds may shed light on how these extinct animals moved, especially for those species without any known remains, according to an international team of researchers. The researchers looked at the bony labyrinth in fossil remains and compared them to CT scans previously obtained from living primate species. The bony labyrinth of the inner ear is made up of the cochlea -- the major organ of hearing -- the...

2011-02-03 09:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Scoble highlights the fact that Simian is a new kind of project collaboration system for the creative industry. Co-founders Jay Brooks and Brian Atton demo the software and discuss the three key components they had in mind when they set out to develop the next generation of Simian: user experience, content sharing and scalability. The first thing subscribers will see is a completely redesigned user interface that reflects actual workflow. New and...

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2010-09-06 08:48:41

An international collaboration led by a University of Pennsylvania anthropologist has shown that environmental factors, like temperature and light, play as much of a role in the activity of traditionally nocturnal monkeys as the circadian rhythm that regulates periods of sleep and wakefulness. The study also indicates that when the senses relay information on these environmental factors, it can influence daily activity and, in the case of a particular monkey species, may have even produced...

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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...

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...