Sivapithecus indicus (type species)

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Title

Sivapithecus indicus (type species)

Subject

Sivapithecus existed in Asia around 16 to 7 MYA. A Miocene hominoid, Sivapithecus has a closer connection to humans and apes, although the species was highly derived. The face of Siva was very similar to modern orangutan, suggesting a close evolutionary relationship between the two. Although not a direct ancestor to modern Homo sapiens, Siva was likely the ancestor of modern orangutans.

Description

Fossil Item Type Metadata

Discoverer(s)

Pilgrim

Location (Country)

India
Pakistan

Discovery Date

1910

Specimen/Species Time Range

~ 11.608 to 11.1 MYA

Specimen Data (Morphology)

Siva was a ground dwelling omnivore. The argest and most varied group is located from Turkey through India/Pakistan and east to southern china. The species is highly derived, with a dished face, broad cheekbones, and projecting upper jaws and incisors. These facial features are similar to a modern orangutan, suggesting a close evolutionary relationship between two.

Files

Skull of the genus Sivapithecus
Date Added
April 17, 2017
Item Type
Fossil
Citation
“Sivapithecus indicus (type species),” Hominid Fossil Repository, accessed September 21, 2019, http://projects.leadr.msu.edu/hominidfossils/items/show/87.