Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Limnopithecus Hopwood, 1933

Genus of small hominoids from the early Miocene of East Africa, belonging to the catarrhine family Proconsulidae; two species recognized; both taxonomy and systematics in flux. Originally, Limnopithecus was considered to be the ancestor of the gibbons and was included among the Hylobatidae; revision in the 1970s removed several species from the genus (including the holotype), removing the validity of the genus.

See Dendropithecus and Proconsul africanus.

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