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Temporal range: Middle Pleistocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hylobatidae
Genus: Bunopithecus
Matthew & Granger, 1923

†Bunopithecus sericus

Bunopithecus is an extinct genus of primate represented by one species, Bunopithecus sericus, a gibbon or gibbon-like ape. Its remains were first discovered in Sichuan, China, in strata from the Middle Pleistocene.[1]

Although the two hoolock gibbon species were once included in the Bunopithecus genus, they have recently been removed and B. sericus remains as the only known species of this genus.[1]


  1. ^ a b Mootnick, A.; Groves, C. P. (2005). "A new generic name for the hoolock gibbon (Hylobatidae)" (PDF). International Journal of Primatology. 26 (26): 971–976. doi:10.1007/s10764-005-5332-4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-09-27.