Plesiadapid Mammals from the Latest Paleocene of France Offer New Insights on the Evolution of Plesiadapis during the Paleocene-Eocene Transition

@article{Bast2018PlesiadapidMF,
  title={Plesiadapid Mammals from the Latest Paleocene of France Offer New Insights on the Evolution of Plesiadapis during the Paleocene-Eocene Transition},
  author={Eric de Bast and Cyril Gagnaison and Thierry Smith},
  journal={Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology},
  year={2018},
  volume={38}
}
ABSTRACT Plesiadapidae are among the most successful mammal families of the Paleocene, but in North America they disappear abruptly around the Paleocene-Eocene boundary. In contrast, in Europe, they survive a few million years into the Eocene, although only as the genus Platychoerops. The latest Paleocene deposits of Petit-Pâtis (Paris Basin, France) have produced three new plesiadapid species, one of each genus known in Europe: Plesiadapis ploegi, sp. nov., Platychoerops boyeri, sp. nov… 

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