Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Babakotia Godfrey, Simons, Chatrath, AndRakotosaminimanana, 1990

Extinct subfossil Malagasy prosimian genus belonging to the family Palaeopropithecidae; B. radofilai is the only recognized species. Material recovered from a site in far northern Madagascar. Arboreal; diurnal; forelimbs longer relative to hindlimbs; curved phalanges on fore paw; reduced hind paw, all of which suggest suspensory locomotor adaptation. Body mass estimated to be between 15 and 20 kg. Dental formula: 2.1.2.3/1.1.2.3 or 2.1.2.3/2.0.2.3; dental adaptations suggestive of folivory.

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