[rah-muh-pith-i-kuhs, -puh-thee-kuhs]
a genus of extinct Miocene ape known from fossils found in India and Pakistan and formerly thought to be a possible human ancestor.

< Neo-Latin (1934), equivalent to Sanskrit Rāma Rama + Greek píthēkos ape

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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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