Omomyid


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Synonyms for Omomyid

extinct tiny nocturnal lower primates that fed on fruit and insects

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Although the Asian Teilhardina find comes from a primate that lived near the time of omomyid origins, this ancient creature could have been nocturnal, as has been traditionally assumed, says paleontologist Robert D.
Teilhardina belonged to the tarsierlike omomyids that lived 55 to 36 million years ago.
These belong either to the lemurlike adapids, the tarsierlike omomyids, or the early simians, forerunners of monkeys, apes, and humans.
Only adapids and omomyids have turned up at North American and European sites of comparable age; several African simians dating to about 40 million years ago have been discovered since 1988.
The proposed Chinese simian, dubbed Eosimias sinensis, displays several jaw and tooth features that distinguish it from adapids and omomyids, Beard argues.
One omomyid branch may incorporate Shoshonius and living tarsiers, although confirmation of the link must come from lower-body bones as well as cranial fossils, he says.
Scientists divide forest-dwelling primates living 55 million to 36 million years ago into two families: the adapids, including many species resembling modern lemurs; and the omomyids, comprising several animals with anatomical ties to modern tarsiers.
Many scientists regard omomyids as the forerunners of simians.
Gunnell also disputes the idea that higher primates are closely related to omomyids.