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Research Article

Complete Primate Skeleton from the Middle Eocene of Messel in Germany: Morphology and Paleobiology

  • Jens L. Franzen,

    Affiliations: Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Frankfurt, Germany, Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Philip D. Gingerich,

    Affiliation: Museum of Paleontology and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Jörg Habersetzer,

    Affiliation: Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Frankfurt, Germany

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  • Jørn H. Hurum mail,

    j.h.hurum@nhm.uio.no

    Affiliation: Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

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  • Wighart von Koenigswald,

    Affiliation: Steinmann-Institut für Geologie, Mineralogie und Paläontologie, Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

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  • B. Holly Smith

    Affiliation: Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Published: May 19, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005723
  • Published in PLOS ONE

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Postures different in plate A and B

Posted by coblo on 01 Jun 2009 at 13:55 GMT

How come the relative positions of the head and hindleg are different in Plate A and Plate B? It looks to me like Plate B is less hunched over.

I could understand the difference in tail position due to Plate B tail fabrication, although I'm guessing that is not actually the reason.

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RE: Postures different in plate A and B

keesey replied to coblo on 02 Jun 2009 at 18:11 GMT

This is explained in Figure 1: http://www.plosone.org/ar...

Basically, much of the lumbar region of the WDC specimen is fake.

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RE: Postures different in plate A and B

Quietman replied to coblo on 03 Jun 2009 at 19:18 GMT

The left is a fossil that found in two nearly complete pieces. The right is the endocast (a trace fossil) and was incomplete. The new material was made using casts of the real fossil. At least that what I got out of their text.

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