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Branisella boliviana


TAXONOMY:

MORPHOLOGY:
Branisella boliviana had a dental formula of 2:1:3:3 on both the upper and lower jaws (Fleagle, 1988). The molars have low, rounded cusps (Fleagle, 1988). The upper molars possess a hypocone and are quadritubercular (Conroy, 1990). This species had a short face based on the mandible and the small premolar (P2) (Fleagle, 1988). This species had an average body mass of about 1.0 kilograms (Fleagle, 1988).

RANGE:
Branisella boliviana was found on the continent of South America, in the country of Bolivia (Fleagle, 1988). This species occurred during late Oligocene (Fleagle, 1988).

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

REFERENCES:
Conroy, G.C. 1990. Primate Evolution. W.W. Norton and Co.: New York.

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

Last updated: November 15, 2001

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