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Archaeolemur majori


TAXONOMY:

MORPHOLOGY:
Archaeolemur majori had large upper central incisors (Fleagle, 1988). The lower incisors and canines were procumbent (Fleagle, 1988). The lower incisors of this species were spatulate> (Martin, 1990). The mandibular symphysis was fused in this species (Fleagle, 1988). This species had a caniniform anterior premolar (Fleagle, 1988). The molars of this species had cusps which were low and rounded (Fleagle, 1988). The molars were broad and the cusps were arranged in a bilophodont pattern (Fleagle, 1988). The brain of this species had a sulcal pattern much like found in haplorrhines (Martin, 1990). This species had an average body mass of around 17.0 kilograms (Fleagle, 1988). The intermembral index of this species was 92 (Fleagle, 1988).

RANGE:
Archaeolemur majori was found on island of Madagascar (Fleagle, 1988).

DIET:
Based upon dental morphology this was a frugivorous species (Fleagle, 1988).

LOCOMOTION:
Based upon postcranial remains this species was a quadruped (Fleagle, 1988).

REFERENCES:
Fleagle, J.G. 1988. Primate Adaptation and Evolution. Academic Press: New York.

Martin, R.D. 1990. Primate Origins and Evolution: A Phylogenetic Reconstruction. Princeton University Press: Princeton, New Jersey.

Last updated: November 14, 2001

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