Early primate

Early primate

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Credit: MARTIN SHIELDS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cast of a Darwinius masillae fossil from the Eocene Epoch, 47 millions years ago. Known as Ida , the fossil is remarkably well preserved and even shows remnants of soft tissue and fur around its edges. The mammal is an early primate that shows similarities but also differences with lemurs.

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