New Specimens of Algeripithecus minutus

PhysOrg.Com has an interesting item on new specimens of Algeripithecus
minutus
:

At the Glib Zegdou site in north-eastern Algeria, the French team, working in collaboration with Algerian scientists, recently exhumed cranial and dental fragments from both Algeripithecus and Azibius. They included some nearly complete mandibles. These remains displayed a certain number of traits typical of the crown strepsirhines, notably an adaptation to nocturnal activity and the putative presence of a “toothcomb” in the lower toothrow. The paleontologists concluded that Algeripithecus, like its close relative Azibius, did not in fact belong to the family of anthropoid primates but was very probably one of the most ancient representatives in Africa of the crown
strepsirhines.

The find is being reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B – subscription required (if anyone has access I would appreciate it if you could send me a copy).

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