Microsyops latidens

Microsyops latidens is a species of prehistoric primate from early Eocene. It is roughly the size of a racoon. It was part of a group of mammals known as stem primate. It roamed the Earth for about 500,000 years before becoming extinct some 54 million years ago.
A new research studying the fossils of Microsyops latidens discovered cavities. This is the oldest known cavities ever found in a mammal. The discovery was made from the large amount of fossilized teeth unearthed in Wyoming’s Southern Bighorn Basin in the 1970s. The cause of the cavity is found to be change in diet to more fruit or sugar-rich foods.


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