• Todd C. Rae
  • Georgios Lazaridis
  • Evangelia Tsoukala
  • Asier Gómez-Olivencia
  • Doris Nagel
  • Antonis Bartsiokas
New material of the Mio-Pliocene colobine Mesopithecus from the Turolian locality of Kryopigi (Greece) is described here. It includes a complete skull with the atlas attached and other dental and postcranial elements representing at least five individuals (four males and one female). The material is compared with M. delsoni, M. pentelicus, M. monspessulanus and intermediate forms from more than a dozen Turolian localities of the Greco-Iranian province. These comparisons support the attribution of the Kryopigi material to M. pentelicus.
The chronostratigraphic distribution of Mesopithecus species and intermediate forms suggests that the Kryopigi fauna could be dated as younger than the Perivolaki locality with M. delsoni/pentelicus (7.1-7.3 Ma, MN12) and older than the Dytiko localities with M. aff. pentelicus, M. cf. pentelicus and M. cf. monspessulanus (?middle MN13). The dimensions of the atlas are within the distribution of extant colobines. The skull shows bite-marks, probably
caused by the hyaena Adcrocuta eximia.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Human Evolution
Early online date10 May 2018
StatePublished - Aug 2018

    Research areas

  • Primates; Cercopithecidae; Mesopithecus pentelicus; Late Miocene; Turolian; Kryopigi

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