Parapithecoidea is an extinct superfamily of primates which lived in the Eocene and Oligocene periods in Egypt. In some classifications all parapithecoidea are placed within the family parapithecidae. Seiffert et al. (2010) propose that parapithecoidea arose during the Bartonian (middle Eocene), with a split between Biretia and the parapithecidae occurring early in the Priabonian (late Eocene).[1]

Temporal range: Eocene - Oligocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Superfamily: Parapithecoidea

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The examinatrion of the dentistry of Arsinoea by Seiffert et al. led them to consider that arsinoea may or may not be a parapithecid, although certainly parapithecoidal, and suggest that Arsinoea kallimos be treated as 'incertae sedis' within parapithecoidea.[1]



  1. ^ a b Seiffert, Erik & Simons, Elwyn & Fleagle, John & Godinot, Marc. (2010). Paleogene Anthropoids. pages 369-392. In 'Cenozoic Mammals of Africa' (editors Lars Wardelin and William Sanders) University of California Press 6 August 2010 ISBN 978-0520257214