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Part of the Extreme Mammals exhibition.
This spectacular specimen (pictured) is one of the most complete and beautifully preserved primate fossils ever found. You can see almost every bone in the skeleton, outlines of skin and fur, as well as preserved stomach contents from the young animal's last meal of fruits and leaves.
This immature female Darwinius masillae, nicknamed Ida, somewhat resembles lemurs, an early branch of the primate evolutionary tree. Yet this species has many important differences (see Fun Facts), which may link it to another branch of the primate tree--the branch leading to tarsiers, monkeys and apes, including humans. Further analysis will help determine where this new species fits into the mammalian tree of life.