• Chris Gilbert

Bone Collector (The Telegraph India)

Fossil hunters scouring the foothills of the western Himalayas have stumbled upon parts of a jawbone of a primate, belonging to a hitherto unknown species, believed to have lived 13 million years ago on the Indian subcontinent.

The finding, by a team of US and Indian researchers, is important because the newly discovered fossil could belong to a group of primates that may have been the ancestor to two other primate groups - Sivaladapis and Indraloris - that palaeontologists discovered in the mountainous terrains of India and Pakistan in the past. These primitive primates are collectively known as Sivaladapids and believed to be distantly related to the living lemurs of Madagascar.

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