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Complete Primate Skeleton from the Middle Eocene of Messel in Germany: Morphology and Paleobiology

Figure 7

Length profile for caudal vertebrae of Darwinius masillae, new genus and species, compared to those of other primates.

Measurements of Darwinius were taken from plate A (Fig. 1). Darwinius, Europolemur, and Notharctus are Eocene adapoids; Ateles and Callithrix are extant Ceboidea; and Avahi and Eulemur are extant Lemuroidea. Measurements of comparative specimens are from [23], [38], with new measurements added for Avahi. Note that the profile for Darwinius is flatter (rises less high and declines less rapidly) than that for any of the comparative specimens.

Figure 7