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NEW YORK, NY (CNN) - New York's Museum of Natural History has unveiled what some are calling "the missing link" in human evolution.

Scientists held a news conference this morning to talk about a 47 million-year-old fossil.

It was found in Germany 25 years ago, but up until now was held in private collections.

Scientists believe the the fossil could be of an ancient primate that's a common ancestor of monkeys and humans.

They say the fossil is 20 times older than most fossils that explain human existence - and is at the root of primate evolution.

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