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A new primate species from 35 million years ago discovered in northern Catalonia

The new species has been named “Nievisia sossiensis” and has been discovered by researchers at the Catalan Paleontology Institute. Described as a small primate that weighed between 100 and 150 grams and lived in the Eocen epoch, the remains have been found at the archeological site of Sossís near the town of Conca de Dalt (Lleida Pyrenees). The research has been published this month in the international magazine ‘Journal of Human Evolution’, specialized in Paleolithic Archaeology and Primatology.

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29 May 2013 10:59 PM

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ACN / Pedro Javier Armengou

Conca de Dalt (CNA).- Researchers at the Catalan Paleontology Institute Miquel Crusafont have discovered a new species of primate in the archeological site of Sossís, near the town of Conca de Dalt, in the Lleida Pyrenees. The primate, that has been named \u201CNievisia sossiensis\u201D, lived in the Eocen epoch, 35 million years ago. It was a very small primate that weighed between 100 and 150 grams. The research has been published in the international magazine \u2018Journal of Human Evolution\u2019 by Judit Marigó, Raef Minwer-Barakat and Salvador Moya-Solà.


The Eocen primates have traditionally been poorly studied. The research carried out by the Catalan Paleontology Institute has discovered the presence of this family of apes in Sant Jaume de Frontanyà (Central Catalonia). The discoveries made in Sant Jaume de Frontanyà and in Sossís have led them to believe that one of the biggest collections of fossil from these primates in all Europe, is in Catalonia.

The discovery of \u201CNievissia sossiensis\u201D is the last of a series of breakthroughs started in the sixties by the paleontologist Miquel Crusafont. The name of this new specimen has been chosen in honor of Nieves López Martínez, an outstanding paleontologist known for her studies about mammals in the Cretaceus and Cenozoic in the Pyrenees.

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  • A reconstruction of the new species (by ICP / ACN)

  • A reconstruction of the new species (by ICP / ACN)