Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Archaeoindris Standing, 1908

Monotypic genus of extinct subfossil Malagasy prosimians belonging to the Palaeopropithecidae; A. fontoynonti known only from central Madagascar in deposits dated at 8 kya (suggesting its extinction was not due to human intervention). Largest of the subfossil lemurs, weighing between 160 and 200 kg, the size of an adult male gorilla. Little known about postcrania, but it is probable that Archaeoindris was terrestrial; probably diurnal. Dental formula: 2.1.2.3/1.1.2.3; diet presumed to be folivory.

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