Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Carpolestes Simpson, 1928

Archaic mammal from the late Paleocene - early Eocene of North America, belonging to the plesiadapiform family Carpolestidae; two known species; previously included in Carpodaptes, which appears to be the ancestor of this genus. Dental formula: 2.1.3.3 2.1.2.3; lower pre-molars bladelike with upper plagiaulacoid dentition; diet probably high-energy food. Body size of the species between 90 and 150 g, representing an increase in size from the earliest carpolestids.

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