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pongid

(pŏn′jĭd)
n.
1. Any of various apes of the subfamily Ponginae, which includes only the orangutans and their extinct relatives.
2. Any of various apes of the formerly recognized family Pongidae, which included the chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. No longer in scientific use.
adjective Referring to the great—or anthropoid—apes, Pongidae
noun A great ape—e.g., chimpanzee, gibbon, gorilla, orangutan
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166 The ancestral relationship between humans and present day pongids is shown in this diagram based on traditional anatomical and paleontological data, and particularly on biochemical data such as DNA hybridization of the different species.
This specimen later became well-known as the "Taung skull," and is the skull of a child aged three or four with its milk teeth, and which Dart, correctly but simplistically, described as the "missing link" in human evolution, that is to say, a fossil that showed both human and pongid features.
Thomas Huxley, in 1863, was the first to discuss the Neanderthal skull in evolutionary terms and he gave it a status similar to the one it has today, in the sense of being a primitive man but far removed from the pongid apes.