adapid meaning

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Noun: Adapid
  1. Extinct small mostly diurnal lower primates that fed on leaves and fruit; abundant in North America and Europe 30 to 50 million years ago; their descendents probably include the lemurs; some authorities consider them ancestral to anthropoids but others consider them only cousins
    - Adapid group

Type of: taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group

Part of: order Primates, Primates

Encyclopedia: Adapid


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  1. There are two major branches of adapids, subfamily Adapinae ( adapines ) and subfamily Caenopithecinae ( caenopithecines ).
  2. Gingerich and Sahni considered both " Indraloris " and " Sivaladapis " to be adapids.
  3. However, no lemuriform toothcomb has been found in the fossil record of the Eocene, and the European adapid lower jaws from that time did not resemble the derived state seen in lemuriforms.
  4. In 1979, Herbert Thomas and Surinder Verma agreed that " Indraloris " and " Sivaladapis " were adapids, but placed them in a subfamily of their own, Sivaladapinae.
  5. The European adapids " Adapis ", " Palaeolemur ", and " Leptadapis " shared adaptations for slow climbing like the lorises, although they may have been quadrupedal runners like small New World monkeys.

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