Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Paracolobus R. Leakey, 1969

Genus of colobine monkeys known from the Pliocene and Pleistocene of eastern Africa; two species. The type specimen is a remarkable recovery of an almost complete articulated male skeleton. Several features of the postcranial skeletal appear to be adaptations for terrestrial quadrupedalism; Paracolobus was probably semiterrestrial. Estimated body mass around 35 kg, making it the largest colobine currently described. Dental formula: 2.1.2.3/2.1.2.3; dentition similar to that of extant colobines and indicates a folivorous diet.

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