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A primate that ate insects lived in Soria 40 million years ago

tarsero2 In the Mazaterón site, in the Almazán Basin (Soria), they have just found the fossil remains of a new species of primate that reinforces the theory that the Iberian Peninsula was full of endemisms in the Middle Eocene , approximately 40 million years ago. years.

It is an animal of the genus Pseudoloris , which includes small primates, about 40 grams in mass , with nocturnal habits and a diet based mainly on insects. Their appearance could be similar to that of tarsiers, of which some species still survive on the islands of Southeast Asia.

The researchers from the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont responsible for the find have baptized the new species as Pseudoloriscosti , and assure that it clearly differs from the species found in the Pyrenean basins such as P. isabenae de Capella (Aragon) or P. pyrenaicus de Sant Jaume de Frontanyà (Catalonia), as published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology .

The first documented remains of Pseudoloris in the Iberian Peninsula are due to Miquel Crusafont, in 1967, when he identified remains of Pseudoloris parvulus in Sossís.

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