Know Your Primate: Pliopapio alemui

Order: Primates
Infraorder: Catarrhini
Family: Cercopithecidae
Subfamily: Cercopithecinae
Tribe: Papionini
Genus: Pliopapio
Species: Pliopapio alemui
Between 1992 and 199 over 900 cercopithecoid specimens were recovered by the Middle Awash Research Project. The sample dates to about 4.39 million years ago. Two new species have been named based on the material recovered. One is a colobine (to be discussed in a future post), the other is Pliopapio alemui.

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