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Kenyapithecus

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Primates
Superfamily:Hominoidea
Family:Hominidae[1]
Subfamily:†Kenaypithecinae?
Genus:†Kenyapithecus
Species:K. wickeri
Binomial name
†Kenyapithecus wickeri
Leakey, 1961
Kenyapithecus wickeri was afossilape discovered byLouis Leakey in 1961 at a site calledFort Ternan inKenya. Theupper jaw andteeth were dated to 14 million years ago.[2] One theory states thatKenyapithecus may be the common ancestor of all thegreat apes. More recent investigations suggestKenyapithecus is more primitive than that and is only slightly more modern than whenProconsul is considered to be an ape.
Evidence suggests thatKenyapithecus wickeri was one of the species that started a radiation of apes out ofAfrica.
MorphologyEdit
Impressed byKenyapithecus's modern-looking teeth, Leakey declaredKenyapithecus to be "a very early ancestor of man himself."[3]
Kenyapithecus possessed craniodentaladaptations for hard object feeding including thicker molarenamel, and a largemandible, largeprem


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