A shrew-sized origin for primates.

  title={A shrew-sized origin for primates.},
  author={Daniel L. Gebo},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={Suppl 39},
  • Daniel L. Gebo
  • Published 2004 in American journal of physical anthropology
The origin of primates has had a long history of discussion and debate, with few ever considering the impact of the original body weight on subsequent primate adaptive radiations. Here, I attempt to reconstruct early primate evolution by considering the initial size of primates as well as the critical functional-adaptive events that had to occur prior to the early Eocene. Microcebus is often viewed as a living model, and thus 40-65 g might represent a practical ancestral weight for the origin… CONTINUE READING

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