PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The fossilized remains of what is believed to be the last non-human primate in North America were recently discovered in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
This small, lemur-like animal is a new species to scientists, a release from the Oregon/Washington Bureau of Land Management said.
The animal may have crossed a land bridge at the Bering Strait about 29 million years ago.
“This new species shows little resemblance to other North American primates,” Dr. Joshua Samuels said in a statement. “Where it came from and how it is related to other primates has long been a mystery.”
Ekgmowechashala zancanellai — named in honor of retired archaelogist-paleontologist John Zancanella — weighed about 5 pounds and ate fruit.