Sloth lemur

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Sloth lemur
Palaeopropithecus ingens.jpg
Life restoration of a large sloth lemur (Palaeopropithecus ingens)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Superfamily: Lemuroidea
Family: Palaeopropithecidae
Tattersall, 1973[1]

The sloth lemurs (Palaeopropithecidae) is an extinct clade of lemurs that includes four genera.[2][3] Despite their common names, members of Palaeopropithecidae were not closely related to sloths but were closely related to the other lemur species.

Taxonomy of family Palaeopropithecidae[4](Table 21.1) Phylogeny of sloth lemurs and their closest relatives[5][6]










Indri (indri)

Propithecus (sifakas)

Avahi (woolly lemurs)


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  5. ^ Orlando, L.; Calvignac, S.; Schnebelen, C.; Douady, C. J.; Godfrey, L. R.; Hänni, C. (2008). "DNA from extinct giant lemurs links archaeolemurids to extant indriids" (PDF). BMC Evolutionary Biology 8 (121). doi:10.1186/1471-2148-8-121. PMC 2386821. PMID 18442367. 
  6. ^ Godfrey, L. R.; Jungers, W. L. (2003). "Subfossil Lemurs". In Goodman, S. M.; Benstead, J. P. The Natural History of Madagascar. University of Chicago Press. pp. 1247–1252. ISBN 0-226-30306-3.