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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.


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:


Hylobates clade


Sivapithecus-Pongo clade

  Dryopithecus-Homo clade  


See also[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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