Necrolemur anadoni, a new species of Microchoerinae (Omomyidae, Primates) from the Middle Eocene of Sant Jaume de Frontanyà (Pyrenees, Northeastern Spain)

Raef Minwer-Barakat, Judit Marigõ, Salvador Moyà-Solà

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    Abstract

    © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Objectives The material of Necrolemur (Microchoerinae, Omomyidae, Primates) from the Middle Eocene (Robiacian) locality of Sant Jaume de Frontanyà (Eastern Pyrenees) is described. This is the first confirmable record of this genus from Spain. Methods A mandible fragment bearing P4-M3and 15 isolated teeth have been carefully described and compared with all the known species of Necrolemur (namely Necrolemur antiquus, Necrolemur zitteli and Necrolemur cf. zitteli from Egerkingen α) and with Nannopithex filholi. Results The studied material shows substantial differences from all previously described forms of Necrolemur and can be erected as a new species. Necrolemur anadoni sp. nov. is characterized by its small size, weak enamel wrinkling, lower molars with the trigonid significantly narrower than the talonid, distinct paraconid in the M1but poorly differentiated M2and M3paraconids, relatively short M3hypoconulid lobe, M1-2with tubercular buccal metaconule, crest-shaped lingual metaconule, hypocone connected to the protocone by a weak postprotocingulum, and M3with a very reduced talon basin. It exhibits intermediate size and morphological features between the older Nannopithex filholi and the more recent Necrolemur antiquus. Conclusions This finding allows reinterpretation of the phylogenetic relationships of the known species of Necrolemur. Necrolemur anadoni is considered a direct descendant of Nannopithex filholi and the ancestor of Necrolemur antiquus, whereas Necrolemur zitteli would be a descendant of N. antiquus. Finally, Necrolemur cf. zitteli from Egerkingen most likely evolved independently from N. filholi, being thus separated from the N. filholi-N. anadoni-N. antiquus lineage.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)730-744
    JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
    Volume158
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

    Keywords

    • Iberian Peninsula
    • microchoerines
    • Paleogene
    • Robiacian

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