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Ramapithecus Line breaks: Rama|pith¦ecus
Pronunciation: /ˌrɑːməˈpɪθɪkəs/

Definition of Ramapithecus in English:


A fossil anthropoid ape of the Miocene epoch, known from remains found in SW Asia and East Africa, and probably ancestral to the orangutan.
  • Genus Ramapithecus, family Pongidae
Example sentences
  • In the history of the mammals the Miocene is important for the diversification of the primates and the emergence of the early hominid Ramapithecus later.
  • I've wondered about that too, because in 1977 the British Museum published data indicating over 4,000 relevant fossil discoveries, including the australopithecines, Ramapithecus, and so on.
  • No-one in the field any longer believes that Ramapithecus was our ancestor.


Modern Latin, from Rama + Greek pithēkos 'ape'.

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