One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An extinct anthropoid ape of the Miocene epoch, known from remains found in southwestern Asia and East Africa, and probably ancestral to the orangutan.
Genus Ramapithecus, family Pongidae
- ‘They were called Ramapithecus and they might have been an ancestor of humans.’
- ‘I've wondered about that too, because in 1977 the British Museum published data indicating over 4,000 relevant fossil discoveries, including the australopithecines, Ramapithecus, and so on.’
- ‘No-one in the field any longer believes that Ramapithecus was our ancestor.’
- ‘Compared to its Miocene pongid contemporaries, Ramapithecus exhibits distinct anterior tooth reduction both in its incisor and canine dimensions.’
- ‘In the history of the mammals the Miocene is important for the diversification of the primates and the emergence of the early hominid Ramapithecus later.’
Modern Latin, from Rama + Greek pithēkos ‘ape’.
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