Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Oligopithecidae

Family of anthropoids known from the late Eocene of North Africa and the Arabian peninsula. Two genera and three species; owing to lack of materials, this family was not established until fairly recently. This family contains a mixture of prosimian and anthropoid traits and may lie at the origins of the higher primates. Dental formula: 2.1.2.3/2.1.2.3.