Dryopithecus

Dryopithecus

[drahy-oh-pith-i-kuhs, -puh-thee-]
noun
1.
an extinct genus of generalized hominoids that lived in Europe and Africa during the Miocene Epoch and whose members are characterized by small molars and incisors.
2.
one of the four subgenera of this genus, limited to Europe.
Compare dryomorph, Proconsul.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1856) < Greek drŷ(s) tree, oak + -o- -o- + píthēkos monkey

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dryopithecus

genus of extinct ape that is representative of early members of the lineage that includes humans and other apes. Although Dryopithecus has been known by a variety of names based upon fragmentary material found over a widespread area including Europe, Africa, and Asia, it appears probable that only a single genus is represented. Dryopithecus is found as fossils in Miocene and Pliocene deposits (23.7 to 1.6 million years old) and apparently originated in Africa

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