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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

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]


  1. ^ a b Beard, K.C. (2008). "The oldest North American primate and mammalian biogeography during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum" (PDF). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (10): 3815–8. doi:10.1073/pnas.0710180105. PMC 2268774. PMID 18316721. 
  2. ^ Tornow, M.A. (2008). "Systematic analysis of the Eocene primate family Omomyidae using gnathic and postcranial data". Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 49 (1): 43–129. doi:10.3374/0079-032X(2008)49[43:SAOTEP]2.0.CO;2. 
  3. ^ Smith, T.; Rose, K.D.; Gingerich, P.D. (2006). "Rapid Asia-Europe-North America geographic dispersal of earliest Eocene primate Teilhardina during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103 (30): 11223–7. doi:10.1073/pnas.0511296103. PMC 1544069. PMID 16847264. 
  4. ^ Primates
  5. ^ Omomyidae: Anaptomorphinae