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[rah-muh-pith-i-kuh s, -puh-thee-kuh s] /ˌrɑ məˈpɪθ ɪ kəs, -pəˈθi kəs/
a genus of extinct Miocene ape known from fossils found in India and Pakistan and formerly thought to be a possible human ancestor.
< New Latin (1934), equivalent to Sanskrit Rāma Rama + Greek píthēkos ape Unabridged
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fossil primate genus dating from the Middle and Late Miocene epochs (about 16.6 to 5.3 million years ago). For a time in the 1960s and '70s Ramapithecus was thought to be the first direct ancestor of modern humans.

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