Primates all the way back

Posted by
DA Morgan on Apr 18, 2002 at 12:35

New research that accounts for gaps in the fossil record challenges traditional methods of interpreting fossils and constructing evolutionary trees. Applying a new statistical approach to primates demonstrates that this group-from which humans developed-originated 85 million years ago (Mya) rather than 65 Mya, as is widely accepted.

This revision has implications throughout the evolutionary tree of primates, including the time of origin of the human lineage.

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