The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


Babakotia radofilai Godfrey et. al., 1990

Radofila's sloth lemur

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

 

 

Conservation Status

Last record: c. 2,400 BC

 

People had reached Madagascar by 500 BCE (Crowley, 2010), and there is no reason why [i]Babakotia[/i] should have gone extinct in the intervening period from the only known radiocarbon date to first colonization (i.e. c.1900 years). Thus it is assumed that Babakotia survived to at least 500 BC, but how much longer is currently unknown.

 

Distribution

Madagascar

 

Biology

 

 

Hypodigm

Type specimen: UA/LPV-8713

 

Other material

DUPC 9144
DUPC 9116
DUPC 9921
DPC-10994

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Godfrey, L. R., Simons, E. L., Chatrath, P. J., and Rakotosamimanana, B. (1990). A new fossil lemur (Babakotia, Primates) from northern Madagascar. Comptes rendus de l'Académie des sciences. Série 2, Mécanique, Physique, Chimie, Sciences de l'univers, Sciences de la Terre 310(1): 81-87.

 

Other references:

Alcover, Josep Antoni et al. (1998). Mammal Species of the World: Additional Data on Insular Mammals. American Museum Novitates 3248, 29 pp., 1 table.

Burney, David A. et al. (1997). Environmental change, extinction and human activity: evidence from caves in NW Madagascar. Journal of Biogeography 24: 755-767.

Burney, David A. et al. (2019). Subfossil lemur discoveries from the Beanka Protected Area in western Madagascar. Quaternary Research. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/qua.2019.54 [Abstract]

Crowley, Brooke E. (2010). A refined chronology of prehistoric Madagascar and the demise of the megafauna. Quaternary Science Reviews 29(19/20): 2591-2603. [Abstract]

William L. Jungers, Laurie R. Godfrey, Elwyn L. Simons, Prithujit S. Chatrath and Berthe Rakotosamimanana. (1991). Phylogenetic and functional affinities of Babakotia (Primates), a fossil lemur from northern Madagascar. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 88: 9082-9086.

Elwyn L Simons, Laurie R. Godfrey, William L. Jungers, Prithijit S. Chatrath, Berthe Rakotosamimanana. (1992). A New Giant Subfossil Lemur, Babakotia, and the Evolution of the Sloth Lemurs. Folia Primatologica 58(4): 197-203.

Rafferty, K. L., Teaford, M. F. and Jungers, W. L. (2002). Molar microwear of subfossil lemurs: improving the resolution of dietary inferences. Journal of Human Evolution 43: 645-657.

Simons, E.L.; Burney, D.A.; Chatrath, P.S.; Godfrey, L.R.; Jungers, W.L.; Rakotosamimanana, B. (1995). AMS 14C Dates for Extinct Lemurs from Caves in the Ankarana Massif, Northern Madagascar. Quaternary Research 43 (2): 249-254. [Abstract]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babakotia

 

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