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Fine Toothcomb: New fossils add to primate-origins debate

2:22pm, March 26, 2003

Fossil hunters working in Egypt have unearthed jaw fragments and teeth belonging to the oldest known members of one of the main evolutionary branches of primates.

The 40-million-year-old specimens represent two ancient groups, one an ancestor of modern lorises–complete with a comb-like set of lower front teeth that confirms its identity–and the other, of bushbabies, say anthropologist Erik R. Seiffert of Duke University in Durham, N.C., and his colleagues. These new finds double the age of the sparse fossil record for lorises and bushbabies, which with lemurs make up a primate

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