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Pronycticebus neglectus


TAXONOMY:

MORPHOLOGY:
Pronycticebus neglectus possesses a "grooming claw" on the second digit of each foot like modern strepsirhines (Fleagle, 1999). This species had a dental formula of 2:1:4:3 (Martin, 1990). This species has a postorbital bar and a petrosal bulla (Conroy, 1990). This species has a relatively large orbital size suggesting this my have been a nocturnal or a crepuscular species (Conroy, 1990). This species has a relatively large baculum for a species of its size (Fleagle, 1999). This species has an average body mass of 825 grams (Fleagle, 1999).

RANGE:
Pronycticebus neglectus lived on the continent of Europe, in the present country of Germany and occurred during the middle to late Eocene (Fleagle, 1999).

LOCOMOTION:
Pronycticebus neglectus moved by quadrupedalism, leaping, and climbing based upon limb morphology (Fleagle, 1999). This species is less of a leaper than the notharctines and used slow quadrupedalism less than the adapines (Fleagle, 1999).

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

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

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

Last updated: November 13, 2001

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