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Ancient Primate Skeleton Hints at Monkey and Human Origins

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The fossil confirms speculation that the earliest primates probably lived in trees, ate insects and were active during the daytime. The primate, now named Archicebus achilles (roughly translated as "ancient monkey"), would have weighed about 1 ounce (20-30 grams), suggesting the earliest primates were very small. The skeleton shares some features of tarsiers and some of anthropoids. For instance, the specimen's heel bone strongly resembles those of anthropoids, hence the species name, "achilles."

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