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- Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 19:56:00
Subject: NEWS - Remains of Primates Found in 40-Million-Year-Old Formation
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Remains of Primates Found in 40-Million-Year-Old Formation in Burma
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Fossilized primate remains have
been found in a 40-million-year-old rock, a discovery that
could lead to a better understanding of when man first
appeared in Asia, members of a Myanmar-Japanese team
The remains of the primates, with an upper jaw and teeth
intact, were found earlier this month in the Pondaung region
of northwestern Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Col. Than Tun, leader of the Myanmar team, told reporters
the remains were a "vital find," complimenting the discovery
at Pondaung last year of the left and right lower jaws of an
The latest finds were of pondaungia and amphipithecus
primates, he said.
Until the Pondaung findings, it was believed that primates
from which man evolved first appeared in Southeast Asia at
a later date.
Scholars from the United States and France have also
conducted surveys in the Pondaung region.