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That tells us that Saadanius is probably closely related to catarrhines at the base of the ape-monkey split," MacLatchy said.
The new fossil catarrhine, Saadanius hijazensis, dates from 29 million to 28 million years ago and lacks the specialized features that distinguish modern apes and Old World monkeys, suggesting that the split had not yet occurred.
As a student, Gingerich had worked with palaeontologist Elwyn Simons, who studied Aegyptopithecus, a primitive catarrhine from the early Oligocene.