Pliopithecidae

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Pliopithecidae
Temporal range: Early Miocene–Pliocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Parvorder: Catarrhini
Superfamily: Pliopithecoidea
Family: Pliopithecidae
Subfamilies

Crouzeliinae
Pliopithecinae
Dionysopithecinae

The family Pliopithecidae is an extinct family of fossil catarrhines and members of the Pliopithecoidea superfamily. Their anatomy combined primitive features such as a small braincase, a long snout, and a tail. At the same time, they possessed more advanced features such as stereoscopic vision and ape-like teeth and jaws, clearly distinguishing them from monkeys.[1]

The Pliopithecidae are thought to have comprised the subfamilies Dionysopithecinae, Pliopitheciinae, and Crouzeliinae.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, D., ed. (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. pp. 290–291. ISBN 1-84028-152-9. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Prehistoric World page 434.