Eosimias sinensis

Eosimias sinensis

name = Eosimias sinensis
fossil_range = Eocene
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
ordo = Primates
infraordo = Catarrhini
familia = Eosimiidae
genus = Eosimias
species = "E. sinensis"
binomial = "Eosimias sinensis"
binomial_authority = Beard et al, 1994

"Eosimias sinensis" (Chinese: 中华曙猿, "dawn monkey of China") was a primate species of "Eosimias" first discovered in China.Hendricks, Melissa. [http://www.jhu.edu/~jhumag/0401web/crust.html Tales from the Crust] . Johns Hopkins Magazine. April 2001.] It was first discovered in a mountain near Liyang City, Jiangsu province, China. It is the earliest catarrhine that has been discovered.

The species is believed to have lived 45 million years before present, in the Eocene epoch.Chinese Academy of Sciences. [http://www.cas.cn/html/Dir/2002/02/20/0044.htm The Discovery of "Eosimias sinensis", the Ancestor of the Human and Their Anthropoid Relative] . February 20, 2002. zh icon] "E. sinensis" was tiny, as small as the smallest monkey presently, the Pygmy Marmoset ("Cebuella pygmaea") of South America, and could fit in the palm of a human's hand. Its teeth are considered more primitive than those of early higher primates known from Africa, including "Algeripithecus minutus". Due to its highly primitive nature, some paleontologists consider "E. sinensis" to be evidence that higher primates may have originated in Asia rather than Africa.


External links

* [http://www.yangtse.com/pub/yzweb/dzbpd/jstmb/t20060316_48689.htm “中华曙猿”常州发现始末] zh icon

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