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Nyanzapithecus pickfordi


TAXONOMY:

MORPHOLOGY:
Nyanzapithecus pickfordi had a dental formula of 2:1:2:3 on both the upper and lower jaw (Fleagle, 1988). The upper premolars of this species were long and had buccal and lingual cusps which resembled each other in size (Fleagle, 1988). The upper molars of this species were long and the lower molars had deep notches (Fleagle, 1988). This species had an average body mass of around 10.0 kilograms (Fleagle, 1988).

RANGE:
Nyanzapithecus pickfordi was found on the continent of Africa and occurred during the middle Miocene (Fleagle, 1988). Fossil remains of this species come from Maboko Island, Kenya (Fleagle, 1988).

DIET:
Based upon dental morphology this was a folivorous species (Fleagle, 1988).

REFERENCES:
Fleagle, J.G. 1988. Primate Adaptation and Evolution. Academic Press: New York.

Last updated: November 15, 2001

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