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25 Million Years Ago Lemurs Roamed Oregon

We all know that Lemurs are very cute animals, but what you might not know is that Lemurs have been around for a very long time. Because of world weather events the Lemurs ended up on the Island of Madagascar and evolved separately for at least 40 million years. Lemurs are primates.

Scientists at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument say they’ve confirmed that 29 million years ago, Oregon was home to a small lemur-like animal. It’s the last non-human primate known to live in North America.The fossil beds’ chief of paleontology, Josh Samuels, found the lemur’s jaw fragment a few months ago. But Samuels said scientists had been searching for the bones since a tooth was found in 1997.“Staff from the National Park Service kept visiting that site, over and over again, looking for more of it,” Samuels said. “In 2011, we actually found two more teeth, and then at the beginning of this year, I found a jaw fragment. And actually those teeth fit into it. So, it indicates these are all parts of one individual.”  Samuels said the extinct lemur species came to North America across the Bering Strait land bridge. It likely ate fruit in what was then a dense forest environment.

Source: 25 Million Years Before Humans, Lemurs Roamed Oregon . News | OPB