Know Your Primate: Afropithecus turkanensis

Normally, at this point I would give the classification of the primate, but in this case that is not really possible as Afropithecus turkanensis is incertae sedis. This simply means that the exact relationship of Afropithecus has not been worked out yet.


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A. turkanensis was discovered in the mid 1980’s on the western side of Lake Turkana. A. turkanensis dates to about 18-16 MYA. The skull is characterized by small supraorbital tori, what seems to be a broad interorbital region, somewhat small orbits, long premaxilla, procumbent incisors and a smallish brain. Body size is estimated to be in the Proconsul major.

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