New primate species from 35 million years ago found in Spain

New primate species from 35 million years ago found in Spain

Experts from the Catalan Institute of Paleontology Miguel Crusafont (ICP) have found a new species of primate 35 million years ago in Lleida.

The ICP has commented that the discovery has been published by the paleontologists Judit Mariago and Arrecife Minwer-Barakat in the Journal of Human Evolution, directed by Salvador Maya’-Sola ”who has contributed to elaborating one of the most important primate fossil collections in Europe.

The new species has been baptized with the name of 'Sossiensis Nievesia‘In honor of Nieves López Martínez, a paleontologist famous for her research on mammals belonging to the Cretaceous and Cenozoic in the Pyrenees area.

The new species found It is characterized by its peculiar teeth formed by large and flat premolars, lower molars larger than the rest of the species and a small crown on the upper molars that weigh between 100 and 150 grams.

The discovery makes it possible to a large extent continue the study on other extinct primates that were located in the northern hemisphere, in North Africa and tropical Asia from the Eocene to the Miocene epoch.

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