Cantius frugivorus

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Cantius frugivorus
Temporal range: Eocene
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Strepsirrhini
Family: Notharctidae
Genus: Cantius
C. frugivorus
Binomial name
Cantius frugivorus
Cope, 1875

Cantius frugivorus is a species of adapiform primate that lived in North America during the early Eocene.


This species had a dental formula of The incisors are small and vertical in Cantius frugivorus, and the canines are prominent; the mandibular symphysis is unfused and this was most likely a diurnal species. Cantius frugivorus had an average body mass of around 2.8 kg (6.2 lb).


Based on the dental morphology of Cantius frugivorus, it most likely had a frugivorous diet.


The limb bones of Cantius frugivorus suggest it moved by arboreal quadrupedalism and leaping.