Di·​no·​pi·​the·​cus | \ -pə̇ˈthēkəs, -ˈpithə̇kəs \

Definition of Dinopithecus

: a genus of extinct Pleistocene African baboons that were nearly the size of gorillas

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History and Etymology for Dinopithecus

borrowed from New Latin, from dino- dino- + -pithecus -pithecus

Note: Genus name introduced by the Scottish-born South African physician and paleontologist Robert Broom (1866-1951) in “On Some New Pleistocene Mammals from Limestone Caves of the Transvaal,” South African Journal of Science, vol. 33 (March, 1937), pp. 753-55. The full species name of Broom’s baboon was Dinopithecus ingens.

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“Dinopithecus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dinopithecus. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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