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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 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.


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