Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Platychaerops Charlesworth, 1854

Archaic mammal belonging to the family Plesiadapidae from the early Eocene of Europe consisting of two species; first plesiadapid described (although not recognized as a primate at the time). Derived from Plesiadapis. Dental formula:; body size (estimated at 2 kg) and crenulated upper molars suggest diet of folivory supplemented with fruit.

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