- Eosimias sinensis
name = Eosimias sinensis
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
primatespecies 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 LiyangCity, Jiangsuprovince, China. It is the earliest catarrhine that has been discovered.
The species is believed to have lived 45 million years before present, in the
Eoceneepoch.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 Asiarather than Africa.
* [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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