From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Temporal range: Early-Mid Eocene (Wasatchian-Uintan)
~50.3–40.4 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Plesiadapiformes
Family: Microsyopidae
Subfamily: Microsyopinae
Genus: Microsyops
Leidy, 1872
  • M. annectens
  • M. latidens

Microsyops is a plesiadapiform primate found in Middle Eocene in North America.[1] It is in the family Microsyopidae. It appears to have had a more developed sense of smell than other early primates.[2] It is believed to have eaten fruit, and its fossils show the oldest known dental cavities in a mammal.[3][4]