Plesiadapis is an extinct lemur. They were abundant in Palaeocene and Eocene time and spread throughout Europe and North America, implying the to continents were close enough to share their faunas. In genral they had lemur-like bodies but rodent-like hands with eyes at the side, and long snouts and jaws with a gap between the canines at the front and the grinding teeth at the back.The first discovery of Plesiadapis was made by François Louis Paul Gervaise in 1877, who first discoveredPlesiadapis tricuspidens in France. The type specimen is MNHN Crl-16, and is a left mandibular fragment dated to the early Eocene period.
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