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Fossil gives new insight on cheek-pouch monkeys (Nature Middle East)

A fossilized tooth discovered in the United Arab Emirates suggests that cheek-pouch monkeys appeared up to 3.5 million years before previously thought and provides clues about the evolution of this group of monkeys. 

The first of its kind found outside Africa, the small molar from the left side of the lower jaw, is between 6.5 and 8 million years old. It was discovered by anthropologist Christopher Gilbert of City University of New York and his colleagues, while excavating the Baynunah formation in Abu Dhabi in 2009, and is described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science1 .

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