Griphopithecus

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Griphopithecus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Afropithecidae
Genus: Griphopithecus
Abel, 1902

Griphopithecus is a prehistoric ape from the Miocene of Turkey and Central Europe.

Description[edit]

The interpretation of the fossil material assigned to this genus is problematic, as even generic attributions have been unstable (see below). While Dryopithecus is regarded as a crown hominoid with close relevance to the African apes, Griphopithecus has been consistently grouped with stem hominoids. The material therefore indicates the range of hominoid locomotor anatomy in mid-Miocene Europe, rather than a specifically crown hominoid anatomy.

The following cladogram illustrated the supposed evolutionary relations of Griphopithecus:

Griphopithecus  

Hylobates clade


     

Sivapithecus-Pongo clade



  Dryopithecus-Homo clade  




Species[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ King; Aiello; Andrews (1999). "Dental microwear of Griphopithecus alpani". Journal of Human Evolution. 36 (1): 3–31. doi:10.1006/jhev.1998.0258. 
  2. ^ Kordos (2000). "New results of Hominoid research in the Carpathian Basin". Acta Biologica Szegediensis. 44 (1-4): 71–74. 

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