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Systematic position of Plesiadapis


THE systematic position of the Palaeocene mammal Plesiadapis has been a subject of discussion for almost a century. This is not surprising considering the meagre evidence on which it was first associated with lemuroid primates. A review of the evidence now available indicates that the affinities of Plesiadapis and its relatives are with early tarsier-like primates, and not with archaic lemurs.

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GINGERICH, P. Systematic position of Plesiadapis. Nature 253, 111–113 (1975).

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