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Toe Fossil Contributes to a Head-Scratcher (New York Times)




Which came first, the nail or the claw?


The answer is unclear, but researchers have discovered a clue: an early primate that had a toe bone with features of both a grooming claw and a nail.


A fossil of the 47-million-year-old primate, Notharctus tenebrosus, had a lemur-like grooming claw on its second digit, but it was flattened, a bit like a nail, according to a new study in the journal PLoS One.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/science/primate-fossil-adds-to-claw-toenail-debate.html?_r=1

Christopher C. Gilbert

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