Department of Anthropology

Kenneth D. Rose: The Earliest Primates of India

Fri, March 8, 2013 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM

"The Earliest Primates of India"

Exploration of Early Cenozoic strata in western India for Paleocene-Eocene mammals has resulted in the discovery (at Vastan Mine in Gujarat) of the first early Eocene continental fauna from India, dating from near the time of India's collision with Asia. These are the oldest Cenozoic vertebrates from the Indian Plate.  The fauna is remarkable for including many taxa whose closest affinities appear to lie with Euro-American taxa rather than Asian ones, although some Asian groups are also represented.  Among the most important are the oldest primates known from India, including both adapoids and omomyids. Most common is the adapoid Marcgodinotius, a close relative of the European basal adapoid Donrussellia.  Numerous limb bones of the Vastan primates are the best preserved early Eocene primate postcrania from anywhere, providing important data on the primitive euprimate condition.

A talk by Kenneth D. Rose, Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

For further information please contact Adriana Dingman at adriana.d@austin.utexas.edu

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