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Online graphic: The primate family tree

Thursday, March 16, 2000

New fossils found in China tell scientists more about an early human relative called Eosimias and where it fits on the primate family tree. From left to right, the primate species depicted on the tree are: a lemur (Lemur catta), an adapid (Hoanghonius stehlini), a tarsier (Tarsius bancanus), an omomyid (Shoshonius cooperi), a proto-monkey (Eosimias centennicus), a South American monkey (Saimiri sciureus), an Old World monkey (Mandrillus sphinx), a great ape (Gorilla gorilla), and a human (Homo sapiens).

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