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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Primates
Infraorder  Simiiformes
Scientific name  Pongidae
Rank  Family
Phylum  Chordata
Suborder  Haplorrhini
Parvorder  Catarrhini
Higher classification  Primate
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Similar  Primate, Mammal, Catarrhini, Great apes, Ponginae

Pongidae, or the Pongids, is an obsolete primate taxon containing the gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans. They are sometimes called "great apes". Pongidae is now known to be paraphyletic. Pongids gave rise to Hominina around seven mya. The corresponding crown group for this taxon is Hominidae. Pongidae has six extant member species. This taxon is rarely used today but is of historical significance.


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The pongid skull contains the following features that are absent or less pronounced in humans:

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  • a sulcus behind the brow ridges
  • prognathism
  • a protruding occipital region
  • large, bony eye sockets
  • a large nasal opening
  • constriction just behind the orbital region
  • stout facial bones
  • a diastema
  • a simian shelf
  • Adaptations for locomotion

    The following adaptations are for arboreal and knuckle walking locomotion and are not found in humans:

    Similarity to hominins

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    The australopithecines show intermediate character states between pongids and humans, with Pithecanthropus intermediate between australopithecines and humans. Members of the genus Homo share many key features with anatomically modern man.

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