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World's earliest PRIMATE dating back almost 66 million years unearthed

World's earliest PRIMATE dating back almost 66 million years unearthed
Archaeologists from the University of Washington's Burke Museum analysed several fossils of Purgatorius, the oldest members of the earliest-known primate species.

Primate fossils dating back more than 66 million years are the earliest examples of our ancient ancestors, and could hold the key to understanding life after dinosaurs.9 million years - 139,000 years after the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction event that wiped out 75% of life on Earth including the dinosaurs.They date back more than 65 million years and likely lived alongside the dinosaurs - at least for a short time.9 million years, the team estimates that the ancestor of all primates likely emerged by the Late Cretaceous.

'They became highly abundant within a million years after that extinction.' They were prolific breeders, with researchers discovering that within a million years of arriving in what is now northwest Montana the species outstripped other native life and dominated the insect and fruit produce.

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