Definition of Ramapithecus in English:

Ramapithecus

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

  • A fossil anthropoid ape of the Miocene epoch, known from remains found in SW Asia and East Africa, and probably ancestral to the orang-utan.
    • Genus Ramapithecus, family Pongidae
    More 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.

Origin

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

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