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.
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.
Moya-Sola and Koehler theorize that a common ancestor of all later apes and hominids existed well before Dryopithecus first appeared in Europe 12 million years ago.
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.
Most attributes shared by gorillas and Dryopithecus also show up on specimens of Ouranopithecus, another ancient ape (SN: 6/23/90, p.