Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Subfossil Malagasy Prosimian (lemur)

Any of about eight species of lemurs in four families that became extinct in recent times, most likely as a result of human intervention. These lemurs were quite different from extant forms; large (ranging in size from that of the largest living prosimians to the size of an adult male gorilla), diurnal, with some species terrestrial; with fused mandibles; and occupying diverse ecological niches.

See Pachylemur, Archaeolemuridae, Palaeopropithecidae, and Megaladapis.

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