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 evolutionary affiliations of Dryopithecus, however, remain in dispute (SN: 10/23/93, p.
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.
Based on an analysis of Dryopithecus fossils found at a Hungarian site, David R.
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.
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.