PETER STANDRING: a fantastic discover, for certain, but will they assist Jonathan re solve this primate secret? Are plesiadapiforms our earliest ancestors?
JONATHAN BLOCH: you think, because the presence of a nail is a hallmark characteristic of living primates if we look here, this nail-like structure makes.
PETER STANDRING: this might be an enlarged image regarding the nail that is extraordinary discovered. Close to it, the claw he expectedвЂ“a difference that is startling.
JONATHAN BLOCH: This nail may be the nail that is first the annals of primate development.
PETER STANDRING: Concrete proof to aid their concept of primate development. Could there be much more concealed within these small bones?
To discover, Jonathan enlists the aid of Mary Silcox, evolutionary anthropologist during the University of Winnipeg. She actually is been busy zapping ancient skulls having an industrial-strength pet scanner, adequate to fill a whole space. Mary takes the skull of 1 regarding the limestone skeletons and makes it for scanning.
MARY T. SILCOX (University of Winnipeg) : The x-ray undergoes the specimen, and now we gather 2,400 split views, which make an image that is cross-sectional.