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  • Writer's pictureChris Gilbert

Monkey tooth fossil gets to the root of what UAE was like millions of years ago (The National)

It has unattractive brown stains, is just a few millimetres across and part is broken off.

But a fossilised tooth from Abu Dhabi has yielded fascinating insights into the UAE environment of millions of years ago, and indicated how monkeys may have dispersed from Africa.

Found in 2009 but only described in full in a scientific paper published this week, “AUH 1321” is just the second piece of fossil evidence of monkeys in Arabia.

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