Discovery of new primate genus and species in Lake Casa Blanca International State Park in Laredo, Texas

In an announcement today at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Philadelphia, Jim Westgate (Lamar University and University of Texas-Austin), Dana Cope (College of Charleston), and Chris Beard (Carnegie Museum of Natural History) shared their discovery of a new primate genus and three new primate species found in the Lake Casa Blanca International State Park in Laredo. The teeth used to identify the new species and genus (molar, pre-molar, and incisor) were found in 42 million-year-old swamp deposits of the Eocene age Laredo Formation. More information, including formal names, will be released in a future publication.

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