Earth's Earliest Primates Used Mobile Ankles to Swing from Trees

January 20, 2015 12:52 PM

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Researchers are taking a look back at some of our earliest ancestors. They've gotten a closer look at the ankles of Earth's first primates and have discovered a bit more about how they lived.

A small mammal that lived on a diet of fruit of insects, Purgatorius was one of the first primates on our planet. It's actually part of an extinct group of primates called plesiadapiforms, which first appears in the fossil record shortly after the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs. Scientists have l...

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