Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Elphidotarsius Gidley, 1923

Archaic mammal from the middle Paleocene of North America belonging to the plesiadapiform family Carpolestidae; composed of four species. Dental formula: 2.1.3.3; small body size, estimates ranging from 25 to 40 g for the four species; dental morphology and body size suggests an insectivorous diet; dentition tarsierlike, but it is very unlikely that there is a phylogenetic relationship. Believed to be the ancestor of Carpodaptes.

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