Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Carpodaptes Matthew And Granger, 1921

Archaic mammal from the late Paleocene of North America, belonging to the plesiadapiform family Carpolestidae; three known species. Believed to have evolved from Elphidotarsius and to have given rise to Carpolestes. Dental formula: 2.1.3.3 2.1.2.3; lower premolar bladelike (plagiaulacoid dentition) and enlarged compared with its Elphidotarsius predecessor; diet probably a high-energy food. Body mass of the species between 50 and 100 g.

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