Dinopithecus

noun Di·no·pi·the·cus \-pə̇ˈthēkəs, -ˈpithə̇kəs\

Definition of Dinopithecus

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

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Origin and Etymology of dinopithecus

borrowed from New Latin, from dino- 1dino- + -pithecus -pithecus 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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