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The Oldest Primate?
June 10, 2013 | Scientific American

Archicebus, a tiny fossil about the size of a mouse has been identified as the “oldest known primate”. It lived approximately 55 million years ago.

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The Oldest Human DNA
December 6, 2013 | New York Times
Scientists have recovered DNA from a fossil human who lived about 400,000 years ago. The oldest DNA before this specimen was about 300,000 years.

The Oldest Mineral Grain
March 2, 2014 | BBC
A zircon crystal found in a sandstone of the Jack Hills region of Western Australia has been determined to be approximately 4.4 billion years old.

Oldest Feathered Dinosaur?
June 2, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
A fossil named Aurornis xui of a feathered creature similar to Archaeopteryx was discovered in the 160-million-year-old rocks of northeastern China.

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