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Rhinocolobus turkanensis


TAXONOMY:

MORPHOLOGY:
Rhinocolobus turkanensis had a dental formula of 2:1:2:3 on both the upper and lower jaws (Fleagle, 1988). This species had a pronounced snout and a deep face (Fleagle, 1988). This species had an average body mass of around 21.0 kilograms (Fleagle, 1988). Skeletal remains suggest that this was an arboreal monkey (Fleagle, 1988).

RANGE:
Rhinocolobus turkanensis was found in eastern Africa and occurred during the late Pliocene to early Pleistocene (Fleagle, 1988).

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

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

Last updated: November 16, 2001

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