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Amphipithecus Bahinensis
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A fossil of possibly one of the earliest primates.

History of the Object
The find is important because it tells us that there were primates living in Asia much earlier than anyone thought. We didn't have that kind of information about Asia before---only Africa. We may have to change our whole story about anthropoid origins and evolution.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Fossil 
Measurements
Length right jaw: 4.5 cm; left jaw 5 cm; Height right jaw 3 cm; left jaw 2.5 cm. 
Creator name
Not relevant 
Creator date
Not relevant 
Where it was made
Unknown 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
- BCE 
Creation date
BCE; 40 million years ago; Upper Eocene epoch 
Function
Natural History 
Acquisition
Found in Myaing Township, Magway Region. It was discovered by the Myanmar Pondaung Expedition Team in 1997 and transferred to the National Museum in the same year. 
Copyright
National Museum Yangon 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum Yangon 
Museum
National Museum of Myanmar 
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