One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A primate of a group that comprises the Old World monkeys.
Superfamily Cercopithecoidea and family Cercopithecidae
- ‘Fossils of the earliest hominoids (21 million years ago) and the cercopithecoids (Old World monkeys; 19 million years ago) are known from the early Miocene.’
- ‘Our data set was comprised of eight species: a Platyrrhini, the white-fronted capuchin monkey, two cercopithecoids: the Barbary macaque and the hamadryas baboon, four hominoids and an outgroup sequence.’
- ‘Jablonski also provides an in-depth discussion of the radiation and paleoecology of Neogene cercopithecoids, highlighting the adaptations of extant and extinct Old World monkeys to a diverse range of niches.’
Relating to cercopithecoid monkeys.
- ‘Primers were designed from conserved regions of the cercopithecoid and human sequences in the public databases.’
- ‘The same situation is encountered at the 3’ splice site of cercopithecoid Old World monkeys (OWMs).’
- ‘The C 1 calibration was based on the estimated ages of the three earliest putative cercopithecoid and hominoid fossils.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Cercopithecoidea, based on Greek kerkopithēkos, a long-tailed monkey (from kerkos ‘tail’ + pithēkos ‘ape’).
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