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Rangwapithecus gordoni jaw.JPG
Jaw of Rangwapithecus gordoni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Superfamily: Hominoidea
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Rangwapithecus

Rangwapithecus is an extinct Late Miocene genus of ape.[1]


Rangwapithecus weighted approximately 15 kg (33 lb) and the size and shape of ape's teeth indicate that it was folivore.[2] An ape from the earliest Miocene that was[3] arboreal and therefore adapted to forest-dwelling, associated particularly with Mfangano Island, living in rainforest (Andrews,Kelley 2007).[4] although previously, lived within habitat of woodland-bushland.[5]


Sympatric with Prosonsul, both classified within Proconsulidae[6] perhaps is same as classification Proconsul gordoni and Proconsul vancouveringi.[7] Is similar to another species found in Africa.[8]

Rangwapithecus gordoni and P. africanus are similarly sized although differing morphologically, and both restricted to Koru and Songhur.[9] Has had previous re-classification,[10][11] Seems probable classified currently as ancestor of orangutan rather than earlier ancestor of Hominid.[12][13][14] Considered the same as Sivapithecus.[15]



External links[edit]

  • Wolpoff, M. H.; De Bonis, L.; Fleagle, J. G.; Frayer, D. W.; Greenfield, L. O.; Jacobs, K. H.; Protsch, R.; Rightmire, P. G.; Sarich, V. (1982). "Ramapithecus and Hominid Origins [and Comments and Reply]". Current Anthropology 23 (5): 501–522. doi:10.1086/202893. JSTOR 2742391.