Omomyid


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Noun1.Omomyid - extinct tiny nocturnal lower primates that fed on fruit and insects; abundant in North America and Europe 30 to 50 million years ago; probably gave rise to the tarsiers; some authorities consider them ancestral to anthropoids but others consider them only cousins
order Primates, Primates - an animal order including lemurs and tarsiers and monkeys and apes and human beings
taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group - animal or plant group having natural relations
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Remarks: The material consists of two isolated molars of a very small omomyid.
The fossil's forward-looking eye sockets are also revealing: They're much smaller relative to skull length than those of any other omomyid specimen.
Beard and his coworkers assign some Shanghuang fossils to an adapid that resembled an extinct European primate and identify others as an omomyid with anatomical ties to a North American primate of comparable age.
Because most fossils assigned to the omomyid family consist only of teeth and jaw fragments, Krishtalka contends the omomyids represent a "wastebasket group" into which scientists dump all sorts of fossilized bits and pieces merely because the specimens come from small primates living in the same distant time period.
The Eosimias fossils also suggest that early anthropoids developed from animals related to modern tarsiers and an extinct group called omomyids, he adds.
The new fossils also shed light on whether lemurlike adapids or tarsierlike omomyids living between 55 million and 36 million years ago qualify as simian ancestors.
And this puts Amphipithecus smack in the midst of a long-standing debate over which lower primate gave rise to the anthropoids: adapids or another prosimian group called the omomyids, which are related to modern tarsiers.