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anthropoid apes




The animals (genus Pan) resembling most closely human beings (genus Homo) and sharing with them a relatively recent common evolutionary ancestor. Together the genera Pan and Homo form the family Hominidae (see hominid) in the suborder Anthropoidea (order primates). The apes concerned, the gorilla and chimpanzee, have a higher intelligence than the other primates and greater manual dexterity. The term "anthropoid apes" is often also used to embrace the orang-utan (family Pongidae) and gibbon (family Hylobatidae), the other members of the superfamily Hominoidea (see hominoid).


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