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: OK 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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