Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Kenyapithecus Leakey, 1962

Genus of hominoids from the middle to late Miocene of Kenya; two species recognized; phylogenetic relationships uncertain, but this genus is sometimes included with the Proconsulidae; it has also been suggested as the earliest hominid representative. Estimated body mass between 25 and 45 kg. Dental formula: 2.1.2.3; thick enamel on cheek teeth. Postcrania suggests adaptation to terrestrial locomotion. It appears this genus inhabited a dry woodland environment.

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