Turkanapithecus

Name: Turkanapithecus ‭(‬Turkana ape‭)‬.
Phonetic: Tur-ka-na-pif-e-cus.
Named By: Richard Leakey‭ & ‬Meave Leakey‭ ‬-‭ ‬1986.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Primates,‭ ‬catarrhines.
Species: T.‭ ‬kalakolensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain but estimated to be under‭ ‬20‭ ‬kilograms.
Known locations: Kenya,‭ ‬Lake Turkana.
Time period: Burdigalian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Facial portion of the skull as well as additional post cranial remains of the arms and leg bones.

       Although not very well known,‭ ‬Turkanapithecus appears to be similar to other prehistoric primates like Proconsul and Afropithecus.‭ ‬Turkanapithecus is named after the Turkana Lake region of Kenya,‭ ‬with the type species name meaning‭ ‘‬from Kalakol‭’ ‬after the Kalakol river where it was found.



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