Dryopithecus


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Dryopithecus

(drī'ōpəthē`kəs, –pĭth`əkəs), an extinct group of apes. Fossils about 20 million years old have been found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Dryopithecus had a semierect posture and is generally believed to be ancestral to modern apes and man. ProconsulProconsul,
extinct group of apes. Proconsul fossils have been discovered in E Africa. It had a mixture of ape and Old World monkey characteristics, and lived from 23 to 25 million years ago.
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, a group of fossil apes that may have been the ancestor of the chimpanzee, is considered by some authorities to be a subgroup of Dryopithecus.
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The Dryopithecus pattern in recent Danes and Dutchmen.
2009a): First partial face and upper dentition of the Middle Miocene hominoid Dryopithecus fontani from Abocador de Can Mata (Valles-Penedes Basin, Catalonia, NE Spain): taxonomic and phylogenetic implications.
The newly unearthed bones, as well as a partial Dryopithecus skull previously found at the same site, apparently come from a single adult male, assert Salvador Moya-Sola and Meike Koehler of the Miquel Crusafont Istitute of Paleontology in Sabadell, Spain.
A number of lower-body features indicate that Dryopithecus favored climbing and swinging from one tree branch to another at a fairly slow pace, much in the fashion of modern orangutans, the Spanish researchers contend.
9 Ma, MN7 or MN8, late Aragonian) was attributed to Dryopithecus fontani by Moya-Sola et al.
2012) remain skeptical on the taxonomic distinctiveness of Pierolapithecus from Dryopithecus, but this is contradicted by several differences in craniodental morphology (Moya-Sola et al.
But a study of Dryopithecus skull fragments uncovered at a Spanish site in 1991 indicates that the ancient ape shows the closest anatomical ties to the orangutan and its fossil predecessors in Asia.
7 Nature, the two investigators offer a theory of how Dryopithecus evolved.
Dryopithecus and modern gorillas - but not chimps or fossils belonging to the first hominid genus, Australopithecus - share a number of features that apparently arose early in their evolutionary history, Begun says.