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State whether the following statements are true or false .
The remote ancestors of primates were large, aquatic, herbivorous animals resembling the present day elephant shrews of India.

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True
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False
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Solution

The correct option is B False
The first primate-like mammals or proto-primates evolved in the early Paleocene Epoch (65.5-55.8 million years ago) at the beginning of the Cenozoic Era. They were roughly similar to squirrels and tree shrews in size and appearance. The existing, very fragmentary fossil evidence (from Asia, Europe, North Africa, and especially Western North America) suggests that they were adapted to an arboreal way of life in warm, moist climates.
Hence, the correct answer is 'False'.

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