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  • n. Plural form of catarrhine.


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  • Its distinctive features show that the last common ancestor of monkeys, apes and humans - called catarrhines - existed further up the evolutionary tree than the genetic approach suggested. Music briefs

  • But the bony ear tube is characteristic of both groups, and absent in the earlier catarrhines, meaning that Saandanius had to have come in between, Sanders said. Music briefs

  • And yet even the baboons with their short tails must take a backseat in intelligence with respect to the remaining two families of the catarrhines.

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  • The catarrhines are stockier in build and lack some of the advantageous agility of the platyrrhines.

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  • "Saadanius shares most of its features with archaic catarrhines, and displays none of the advanced features characteristic of apes or Old World monkeys," he explained. Music briefs

  • The fossil, which scientists said belonged to an adult male weighing about 33 to 44 pounds (15 to 20 kilograms), possessed features of the catarrhines, the common ancestor of hominoids and Old World monkeys, such as a tubular ectotympanic, a bone linked with the eardrum.

  • "That tells us that Saadanius is probably closely related to catarrhines at the base of the ape-monkey split," MacLatchy said.

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  • Both lineages belong to the primate group known as catarrhines. - latest science and technology news stories

  • But few fossil catarrhines from the interval between 30 million to 23 million years ago have been found, making it difficult for scientists to know precisely when monkeys and apes became distinctly separate groups and what catarrhines looked like around the time of the split. - latest science and technology news stories

  • The earliest catarrhines in the fossil record, creatures that were neither monkey nor ape, date back to the late Eocene to early Oligocene epochs, 35 to 30 million years ago.

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