If we go down the evolutionary tree of humans, (Homo sapiens, Homo erectus, ...), what will be the first non-primate ancestors?

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    $\begingroup$ Note that humans did not evolve from the tree shrews, both they and we share a common ancestor. See here for more. $\endgroup$
    – terdon
    Nov 25, 2013 at 2:48
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    $\begingroup$ I see that you edited the question to include "ancestor". @terdon makes a very good point. We do not think of ancestors in the fossil record in the same way that a person has ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc.). The most recent common ancestor of primates and tree shrews is neither a primate nor a tree shrew. There is no name for that taxon. $\endgroup$
    – kmm
    Nov 25, 2013 at 21:23

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According to the Tree of Life, tree shrews (Scandentia) are the sister group to Primates. So Scandentia are the most closely related extant mammals that are not Primates. Here's an image:

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