from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of extinct primates having powerful chewing muscles along with large molars and small incisors; its fossils were found in Maboko in Kenya.

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  • n. extinct primate having powerful chewing muscles along with large molars and small incisors; fossils found in Kenya


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  • You might ask about ask if there are other species of Hominids that Luskin forgot to mention that also walked upright: oh, say, Australopithicines (several species), Paranthropines (several species), Kenyapithecus, Ardipithecus, or perhaps several that we're currently unsure as to if they walked upright or not (Orrorin, Sahelanthropus).

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  • Consider other hominoid fossils that may or may not show affinities specifically with the orangutan, such as Heliopithecus, Turkanapithecus, Kenyapithecus, and Ouranopithecus.

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  • Shortly after this encounter, Louis began seriously to work on his study of the Rusinga Island fossils, searching for evidence to counter Simons and Pilbeam, and for an ancestor of Kenyapithecus.

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  • Louis strengthened his case for Kenyapithecus africanus with the discovery of a nearly complete lower jawbone on Rusinga Island in August 1967.

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  • Thus, according to their interpretation, neither Kenyapithecus nor Proconsul was valid—a view that infuriated Louis, who carried on a long battle in scientific journals with the two men.

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  • As such, it was possible to see in Kenyapithecus not only the direction hominids were heading, but also something of their earlier origins.

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  • Hoping to find additional specimens of Miocene apes—particularly Kenyapithecus wickeri, the fourteen-million-year-old hominid—Louis had also reopened the excavation at Fort Ternan.

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  • Finding an ancestor of Kenyapithecus wickeri would also help Louis bolster its credibility as a distinct family and species—a status that he was in danger of losing.

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  • He named his new find Kenyapithecus africanus, and described it as not only an ancestor of Kenyapithecus wickeri but “a very early ancestor of man himself.”

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  • Its deposits dated from five to ten million years ago, meaning that any hominid fossils uncovered would fill “in that gap between Fort Ternan and our early Pleistocene from fourteen million to two million years, which is so vitally important for understanding the evolution from Kenyapithecus to the Australopithecines and Homo,” Louis wrote.

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