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Superfamily Hominioidea


Introduction

The family Hominoidea is the scientific category for what are commonly called “the apes”. It includes both the great apes (humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans; family hominidae) and the lesser apes (gibbons and siamangs; family hylobatidae).

History of the Hominoidea

The family Hominoidea was named by John Edward Gray in 1825. It was originally intended to distinguish the humans and great apes (family hominoidea) from the lesser apes (family hylobatoidea).

Early Hominoids

Proconsul
Proconsul africanus



Immediate Phylogeny

Parent Group
Catarhini

Sister Groups
Cercopithecoidea

Daughter Groups
Hominidae
Hylobatidae

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