Cranial Anatomy of Oreopithecus

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Science  13 Apr 1973:
Vol. 180, Issue 4082, pp. 183-185
DOI: 10.1126/science.180.4082.183


Reexamination of the 1958 skull of the late Miocene Oreopithecus bambolii revealed a cranial anatomy different from that widely accepted for this taxon. There is a sagittal crest, a high nuchal crest, a large gonial angle, and α high, rather vertical, occiput. This catarrhine was not a very large brained primate compared to known advanced hominoids.