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Temporal range: Paleocene – Holocene
|Several species of modern day primates|
Primates are Eutherian mammals that have existed from the Paleocene into today. Primates are broken down into Prosimians and Anthropoids. Prosimians are the oldest primates--includes lemurs, aye-aye, and lorises--and Anthropoids are the primates that evolved later--Old and New World monkeys and apes. Primates have flexible hands and feet, eyes that face forward, and large brains. Australopithecines and hominids are included in primates.