Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Any of several small, nocturnal primates, the extant forms belonging to the genus Tarsius; historically, tarsiers were included in the suborder Prosimii, but in recent years they have been placed in an alternative suborder, Haplorhini, owing to shared features with monkeys and apes. The name tarsier refers to the elongated tarsal (ankle) bones in this primate. Tarsier-like primates are found in the fossil record as far back as the early Eocene.

See Tarsius.

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