Short Science, June 16, 2013

Valentina Tereshkova

Palaeontologists have made the surprising evolutionary discovery that ancient fish may have had abdominal muscles, previously thought to have only developed in land animals.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:07am

Ancient fossil, Archicebus achilles, key link in chain leading to apes, man

An artist's rendering of the animal in its habitat. Photo: AP

A 55-million-year-old fossil of a mouse-sized primate with a human-like face has been identified as a crucial evolutionary link in the chain that led to apes and man.

7 Jun 2013 - 2:05am

Oldest-ever tiny primate discovered in China’s Hubei province

A reconstruction of Archicebus achilles in its natural habitat. Photo: AP

The discovery will help chart the evolution of primates, a family that includes humans, and should strengthen a once-contested theory that primates originated in Asia.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am