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Lemur-Like Toes Complicate Human Lineage (Live Science)

Updated: Mar 6, 2018




A 47-million-year-old primate may have been a fashionista of sorts, as new analysis of the fossil suggests it sported grooming claws.


Besides helping the primate rake through its fur, particularly in hard-to-reach spots, the grooming claw presents a puzzle of sorts for scientists studying the relationship between a group that includes humans, apes and monkeys, and the family that includes lemurs. That's because the primate is the first extinct North American primate with a toe bone showing features associated with the presence of both nails and a grooming claw.


Read more: https://www.livescience.com/17856-lemur-ancestor-grooming-claw.html

Christopher C. Gilbert

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