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A new lorisid humerus from the early miocene of Uganda


An early Miocene (18–20 mya) distal humerus from Napak, Uganda, is the only element of the forelimb to be allocated to African Lorisinae. Its loris-like features distinguish it from other East African material that more closely resembles galagids. Tracing the evolution of the lorisoid body has been a difficult task due to the lack of good fossil material. Here, we add a single specimen to this poor record. This humerus helps to document the beginning of extant lorisid locomotor specialization and function.

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Gebo, D.L., MacLatchy, L. & Kityo, R. A new lorisid humerus from the early miocene of Uganda. Primates 38, 423–427 (1997).

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  • Lorisidae
  • Miocene
  • Locomotion