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Pronothodectes gaoi


Pronothodectes gaoi had a dental formula of 2:1:3:3 on both the upper and lower jaw (Fleagle, 1988). Members of this genus had procumbent lower incisors and premolars and molars with low crowns (Fleagle, 1988). The upper incisors had a large posterocone towards the back (Conroy, 1990). Pronothodectes gaoi had an average body mass of 153 grams (Fleagle, 1999).

Pronothodectes gaoi was found in Western North America (Fleagle, 1988). This genus occurred during the middle-late Paleocene (Fleagle, 1988, 1999).

Based upon the molars and premolars having low crowns, members of this genus most likely had a omnivorous diet (Fleagle, 1988).

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.

Fleagle, J.G. 1999. Primate Adaptation and Evolution. Academic Press: San Diego.

Last updated: November 21, 2002

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