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Temporal range: Miocene
Fossil of a Oreopithecus
Fossil of Oreopithecus bambolii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Superfamily: Hominoidea
Family: Hominidae?
Tribe: Dryopithecini?
Genus: Oreopithecus
Gervais, 1872
Species: O. bambolii
Binomial name
Oreopithecus bambolii
Gervais, 1872

Oreopithecus is a fossil ape from Miocene Italy, (Europe). It coexisted with other prehistoric animals, such as the Amphicyon. Despite its ape status, it wasn't a human ancestor.

Evolutionary history[]

Physical characteristics[]

Oreopithecus had robust bodies, a head like a dog with a small brain, long arms with 5 fingers, and powerful fangs.