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What Happened To Primates In North America?

What Happened To Primates In North America?

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Early primates not only lived in North America — our primate family tree actually originated here! So what happened to those early relatives of ours?

Thank you to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their wonderful illustrations:
Nobu Tamura:
Julio Lacerda:
Fabrizio de Rossi:
Patrick Lynch:

Thanks to Amy Atwater for the Omomyiform fossil photo.

The paper discussing Panamacebus:
Bloch, J., Woodruff, E., Wood, A. et al. First North American fossil monkey and early Miocene tropical biotic interchange. Nature 533, 243–246 (2016).

This video features this Paleogeographic Map: Scotese, C.R., 2019. Plate Tectonics, Paleogeography, and Ice Ages, YouTube video:

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