Definition of cercopithecoid in English:

cercopithecoid

Line breaks: cerco|pith¦ecoid
Pronunciation: /ˌsəːkə(ʊ)ˈpɪθɪkɔɪd
 
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Zoology

noun

  • A primate of a group that comprises the Old World monkeys.
    • Superfamily Cercopithecoidea and family Cercopithecidae
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    • Our data set was comprised of eight species: a Platyrrhini, the white-fronted capuchin monkey, two cercopithecoids: the Barbary macaque and the hamadryas baboon, four hominoids and an outgroup sequence.
    • Fossils of the earliest hominoids (21 million years ago) and the cercopithecoids (Old World monkeys; 19 million years ago) are known from the early Miocene.
    • Jablonski also provides an in-depth discussion of the radiation and paleoecology of Neogene cercopithecoids, highlighting the adaptations of extant and extinct Old World monkeys to a diverse range of niches.

adjective

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  • Relating to cercopithecoid monkeys.
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    • The C 1 calibration was based on the estimated ages of the three earliest putative cercopithecoid and hominoid fossils.
    • The same situation is encountered at the 3’ splice site of cercopithecoid Old World monkeys (OWMs).
    • Primers were designed from conserved regions of the cercopithecoid and human sequences in the public databases.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Cercopithecoidea, based on Greek kerkopithēkos, a long-tailed monkey (from kerkos 'tail' + pithēkos 'ape').

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