Teilhardina

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Teilhardina[1][2]
Temporal range: 56–47 Ma
Early Eocene - Middle Eocene
Teilhardina belgica.jpg
Teilhardina belgica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorrhini
Family: Omomyidae
Genus: Teilhardina
Simpson, 1940
Species

Teilhardina was an early marmoset-like primate that lived in Europe, North America and Asia during in the Early Eocene epoch, about 56-47 million years ago.[1][3] The paleontologist George Gaylord Simpson is credited with naming it after the French paleontologist, Jesuit and philosopher Teilhard de Chardin. It is known from quite a few species:

The placement of this genus is uncertain and it is likely to be polyphyletic.[4] Two species (T. belgica and T. asiatica) appear to be haplorrhine.[citation needed] The others appear to be anaptomorphine omomyids (and thus more closely related to the tarsiers than to simians) and should have a new genus erected.[5]

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