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Europolemur klatti
Fossil range: Eocene
Scientific classification

Class

Mammalia

Order

Primates

Family

Nothactidae

Subfamily

Cercamoniinae

Genus

Europolemur

Binomial name

Europolemur klatti
Weigelt, 1933



Europolemur klatti is an extinct species of adapiformes primate that lived on the continent of Europe from the Middle to Early Eocene. One possible relative to this species, is a recently discovered primate, Mahgarita stevensi. This relationship to M. stevensi suggests that the Eocene of eastern North America was the possible homeland of lemuriformes with close European phylogenetic ties.

MorphologyEdit

Europolemur klatti has a dental formula of 2:1:3:3 (Franzen, 1987; cited in Martin, 1990) and the milk dentition of this species consisted of four premolars while the adults only had three premolars. E. klatti has a grasping hallux and there is evidence that supports that E. klatti may have had nails instead of claws. The shape of the calcaneus resembles that found in Smilodectes and Notharctus and E. klatti had an average body mass of 1.7 kilograms.

ReferencesEdit

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