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Oligopithecus
Temporal range: Early Oligocene
Oligopithecus.jpg
An artist's illustration of Oligopithecus savagei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Superfamily: Propliopithecoidea
Family: Oligopithecidae
Genus: Oligopithecus
Simons, 1962
Species: O. savagei
Binomial name
Oligopithecus savagei
Simons, 1962

Oligopithecus is a species that is surrounded by a certain feature. It has traits of both monkeys and apes, but does not seem to belong to any of these relatives. It is possible that it is related to modern gibbons, which it resembles, and which also seems to be a wholly own kind.

Oligopithecus had incredibly long arms, and swung himself up probably between treetops throughout life. The teeth show that it was an omnivore, mostly leaves and insects; today's gibbons eat almost only fruit. It was about 1 metre (3 feet) in length and was found in Oligocene rocks in Africa, (hence its name, Oligopithecus meaning "Oligocene Ape")

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