Algeripithecus


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Noun1.Algeripithecus - an extinct genus of Hominoidea
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
Hominoidea, superfamily Hominoidea - anthropoid apes and human beings
Algeripithecus minutus - tiny (150 to 300 grams) extinct primate of 46 to 50 million years ago; fossils found in Algeria; considered by some authorities the leading candidate for the first anthropoid
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The ancient Algeripithecus has long been seen as the strongest evidence that humans and apes originated in Africa.
Now, according to a report in National Geographic News, a new study of the 3-ounce (85-gram) fossil species has determined that Algeripithecus was nothing like an ape, after all.
Discovered in 1992 in what is now northern Africa, Algeripithecus is considered to be the oldest known ancestor of apes on that continent.