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- n. Plural form of cercopithecoid.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Up to now, genome-based analysis put the split between hominoids - which includes apes and humans - and cercopithecoids, or so-called Old World monkeys, at 35 to 30 million years ago.
‘Monkey’ is itself a loose term used for those members of Anthropoidea that aren’t hominoids, and here we’re only interested in the Old World monkeys (cercopithecoids).
Pet peeve no. 375 is the fact that people think that apes evolved from monkeys (they didn’t: hominoids and cercopithecoids are sister-taxa within the anthropoid clade Catarrhini*), and that apes are therefore somehow superior to monkeys in morphology and adaptability.