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Victoriapithecus macinnesi


TAXONOMY:

MORPHOLOGY:
Victoriapithecus macinnesi had a dental formula of 2:1:2:3 on both the upper and lower jaws (Fleagle, 1988). This species has lower molars that are bilophodont with low cusps (Fleagle, 1988). The canines of this species show sexual dimorphism (Fleagle, 1988). The mandible of this species is relatively deep compared to other Old World monkeys (Fleagle, 1988). On the forelimbs, the distal end of the humerus shows a narrow articulation and a deep ulnar notch (Fleagle, 1988). This species had an average body mass of around 7.0 kilograms (Fleagle, 1988).

RANGE:
Victoriapithecus macinnesi lived on the continent of Africa, and was found in the country of Kenya (Fleagle, 1988). This species occurred during the early to middle Miocene (Fleagle, 1988).

LOCOMOTION:
Based upon the postcranial remains this was more than likely a quadruped (Fleagle, 1988).

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

Last updated: November 17, 2001

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