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Temporal range: Late Miocene
Ankarapithecus meteai.JPG
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 27 kilograms (60 lb). Its remains were found close to Ankara in central Turkey beginning in the 1950s.[1] It lived during the Late Miocene[2] and was similar to Sivapithecus.


  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.