Ken·​ya·​pi·​the·​cus | \ ˌkenyəˈpithə̇kəs, ˌkēn-, -pə̇ˈthēk- \

Definition of Kenyapithecus

1 : a genus of extinct ancient primates (K. africanus and K. wickeri of eastern Africa held to be part of the great ape and human evolutionary lineage of which the primitive form (K. africanus) is now sometimes included in another primate genus (genus Equatorius)
2 plural -es : a primate of the genus Kenyapithecus

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History and Etymology for Kenyapithecus

New Latin, from Kenya, country in Africa + New Latin -pithecus

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“Kenyapithecus.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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