Some Tiny Teeth Hint That The First Primates May Have Come From North America
For a while now, it’s been thought that a tiny little primate the size of a mouse first showed up in China before moving to other continents.
????The tiny creature is called Teilhardina and actually has several different species from different locations in its genus.
????And a new study published in the Journal of Human Evolution suggests that Teilhardina brandti -- which is found in the U.S. -- is as old if not older than it’s Asian counterpart Teilhardina asiatica.????Which would then suggest that it actually originated in North America and not Asia as previously thought.
????A specimen of a small piece of jaw with teeth still attached actually sparked the new research.
????These creatures are the oldest known ancestors of modern primates including monkeys, lemurs and ourselves.
????However, researchers did add that although their conclusions could overturn past ideas as to where Teilhardina came from, they just can’t say for sure.