Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Copelemur (Pelycodus) Gingerich And Simons, 1977

Adapoid prosimian from the early Eocene of North America belonging to the notharctid subfamily Notharctinae; five species; poorly known. Previously included within Pelycodus, from which this genus may have evolved. Unfused mandibular symphysis. Dental formula: 2.1.4.3/ 2.1.4.3; differs from Pelycodus in that the teeth are smaller, molars have taller crests, and the fourth lower premolars have a well-defined metaconid; it has been suggested that this primate was a specialized insectivore. Body mass estimated to range from 1 to 3.5 kg (which would not be consistent with insectivory).

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