Ankarapithecus

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Ankarapithecus
Temporal range: Late Miocene
Ankarapithecus meteai.JPG
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Ponginae
Genus: Ankarapithecus
Species: A. meteai
Binomial name
Ankarapithecus meteai
Alpagut et al., 1996

Ankarapithecus is a genus of extinct ape. It was probably frugivorous, and would have weighed about 60 pounds. Its remains were found close to Ankara in central Turkey beginning in the 1950s.[1] It lived during the Late Miocene.[2] It was similar to Sivapithecus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times, Anthropologists Find Rare Kind of Ape Fossil
  2. ^ Begun, David R. and Güleç, Erskin . 1998. Restoration of the Type and Palate of Ankarapithecus meteai: Taxonomic and Phylogenetic Implications. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 105:279–314.