Carpolestes simpsoni

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Carpolestes simpsoni
Temporal range: Paleocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Plesiadapiformes
Superfamily: Carpolestoidea
Family: Carpolestidae
Genus: Carpolestes
Species: C. simpsoni
Binomial name
Carpolestes simpsoni
Bloch and Gingerich, 1998

Carpolestes simpsoni is an extinct species of Plesiadapiformes, which is one of the earliest primate-like mammals appearing in the fossil record during the late Paleocene. C. simpsoni had grasping digits but no forward-facing eyes.

Weighing about 100 grams, C. simpsoni appeared adapted for an arboreal habitat. One large, nail-tipped toe opposed other toes, allowing a firm grip on branches. Like other species of Carpolestes, the dental morphology of C. simpsoni is specially adapted to eating fruit, seeds, and invertebrates.[1]


  1. ^ Biknevicius, A.R. (1983). "Dental function and diet in the Carpolestidae (Primates, Plesiadapiformes)". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 71 (2): 157–171. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330710204. PMID 3799823. 

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