Named By: Georges Cuvier - 1822.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Primates, Strepsirrhini, Adapidae.
Species: A. parisiensis (type), A. bruni, A. collinsonae, A. sudrei.
Known locations: Europe.
Time period: Bartonian to Priabonian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Several specimens.
Adapis is considered to be one of the first primates and is the type genus of the Adapidae. These primates have grasping hands that have nails rather than claws and the post cranial skeletons of them are similar to those of lemurs. Adapis did not have a nose like some primates (including humans) do however.
- Cranial morphology and adaptations in Eocene Adapidae. I. Sexual dimorphism in Adapis magnus and Adapis parisiensis. - American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 56 (3): 217–234. - P. D. Gingerich - 1981.