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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1999 Dec 7;96(25):14664-7.

A finding of oligocene primates on the European continent.

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  • 1Institut de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, c/Escola Industrial, 23, 08201 Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

In this paper, we provide evidence that contrary to the current view, primates on the European continent did survive the dramatic extinction/origination event across the Eocene/Oligocene boundary 34 million years ago that severely affected the Eurasian mammal communities (the European "Grande Coupure" and the Asian "Mongolian Remodeling"). The survival of a mouse-sized omomyid for at least 2 million years, recorded in two localities of the Lower Stampian (Lower Oligocene) in a well dated stratigraphic series of fluviatile sediments in the north oriental sector of the Ebro Basin (Northeastern Spain), reflects the size-related survival pattern described recently for other coeval mammalian taxa.

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PMC24493
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