New Catarrhine fossils from Moroto II, Early Middle Miocene (ca 17.5 Ma) Uganda

Martin PICKFORD, Brigitte SENUT, Dominique GOMMERY & Ezra MUSIIME

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 2 (8) - Pages 649-662

Published on 31 December 2003

During the 1998–2003 field seasons of the Uganda Palaeontology Expedition, dental remains of three catarrhine species were recovered from Moroto II, Uganda. Micromammals from the locality indicate a late Early Miocene to basal Middle Miocene (ca 17.5–17 Ma) age, younger than Rusinga (17.8 Ma), but similar in age to Buluk (17.2 Ma) and Kalodirr (17.2 Ma). This paper describes and interprets new catarrhines from the site, one of which is a victoriapithecid monkey, the second a new genus and species of small-bodied ape, and the third a large hominoid. A fourth species collected in the 1960's is attibuted to Afropithecus turkanensis .


Hominoidea, Catarrhines, Miocene, Uganda, new genus, new species

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