Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Cercopithecoides Mollett, 1947

Genus of colobine monkeys known from the Pliocene of Africa; two species. Estimated body mass ranges from 15 to 35 kg. Sexual dimorphism appears to be present in canine size only. Dental formula: 2.1.2.3. Postcrania strongly suggestive of a terrestrial adaptation. Based on molars with bulbous cusps, limb structure, and its recovery from savanna environments, it has been suggested that this monkey was a terrestrial forager that consumed soft gritty morsels rather than the folivorous diet of extant colobines.

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