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Adapidae is a family of extinct primates that primarily radiated during the Eocene epoch between about 55 and 34 million years ago. However, one specialized endemic Asian group (sivaladapines) survived into the Miocene. Fossil adapids are known from North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Adapids are one of two groups of Eocene primates with a geographic distribution spanning holarctic continents, the other being the omomyids (Omomyidae). Early representatives of the Adapidae (e.g., Cantius and Donrussellia) and Omomyidae (e.g., Teilhardina and Melanerimia) are some of the earliest known crown primates.
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1. extinct small mostly diurnal lower primates that fed on leaves and fruit; abundant in North America and Europe 30 to 50 million years ago; their descendents probably include the lemurs; some authorities consider them ancestral to anthropoids but others consider them only cousins
(synonym) Adapid group
(hypernym) taxonomic group, taxonomic category, taxon
(member-holonym) Primates, order Primates
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