Distribution of Extinct Primates


Continent/Country Time
Purgatorius North America early Paleocene (possibly Cretaceous)
Microsyopidae North America and Europe middle Paleocene to late Eocene
Plesiadapidae North America and Europe middle Paleocene to early Eocene
Carpolestidae North America middle Paleocene to early Eocene
Saxonellidae North America and Europe late Paleocene
Paromomyidae North America and Europe middle Paleocene to middle Eocene
Picrodontidae North America middle to late Paleocene
Lemuridae Madagascar Recent
Megaladapidae Madagascar Recent
Indriidae Madagascar Recent
Daubentoniidae Madagascar Recent
Notharctinae North America early to middle Eocene
Adapinae North America, Europe, and Asia early Eocene to early Oligocene
Sivaladapinae Asia late Miocene
Azibius Africa Eocene
Galagidae Africa early Miocene to Recent
Lorisidae Africa and Asia early Miocene to Recent
Tarsiidae Africa and Asia early Oligocene to Recent
Anaptomorphinae North America early to late Eocene
Omomyinae North America early Eocene to late Oligocene
Microchoerinae Europe middle Eocene to early Oligocene
Altanius Asia early Eocene
Kohatius Asia early to middle Eocene
Cebidae South America and Dominican Republic early Miocene to Recent
Callitrichidae South America Miocene
Branisella Bolivia late Oligocene
Xenothrix Jamaica Recent
Propliopithecidae Africa early Oligocene
Oligopithecus Africa early Oligocene
Proconsulidae Africa and Asia early Miocene
Oreopithecidae Europe and Africa early to late Miocene
Afropithecus Africa and Saudi Arabia early to middle Miocene
Kenyapithecus Africa middle to late Miocene
Pliopithecidae Europe and Asia middle to late Miocene
Pongidae Europe, Africa, and Asia middle Miocene to Recent
Victoriapithecidae Africa early to middle Miocene
Cercopithecinae Europe, Africa, and Asia late Miocene to Recent
Colobinae Europe, Africa, Asia late Miocene to Recent
Time (in Million Years) Epoch
0

2
Pleistocene-Recent
2

5
Pliocene
5



25
Miocene
25


38
Oligocene
38



53
Eocene
53


65
Paleocene


Source: Fleagle, J.G. 1988. Primate Adaptation and Evolution. Academic Press: New York.

Last updated: January 5, 2007

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