Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Afrotarsius Simons And Bown, 1985

Tarsiiform genus from early Oligocene of the Fayum Depression in Africa. This is the only tarsiiform known from Africa. Body mass estimated at 100 g. The preserved dentition consists of the three lower molars and parts of the lower third and fourth premolars. A. chatrathi has affinities with the microchoerines of Europe and with the modern tarsiers; some authorities suggest that it be placed in the family Tarsiidae. The importance of this fossil is that it expands the known range of fossil tarsiers.

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