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  1. Pongidae, family Pongidaenoun

    usually considered as comprising orangutans; gorillas; chimpanzees; and sometimes gibbons


  1. Pongidae

    Pongidae , or the pongids is an obsolete primate taxon containing chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. By this definition pongids were also called "great apes". This taxon is not used today but is of historical significance. The great apes are currently classified as Hominidae. This entry addresses the old usage of pongid. The words "Pongidae" and "pongids" are sometimes used informally for the primate taxon containing orangutans and their extinct fossil relations. For this usage the currently most widely accepted name is Ponginae (or informally Asian hominids or pongines), the orangutan subfamily of the Hominidae or hominids. In current hominid taxonomy there is no “pongid” taxon. The orangutan taxon is now known to be paraphyletic to other (African) hominids. The orangutans are the only surviving species of the subfamily Ponginae, which genetically diverged from the other hominids (gorillas, chimpanzees and humans) between 19.3 and 15.7 million years ago. The subfamilies split somewhat later. The corresponding crown group for this taxon is Hominidae.


  1. pongidae

    Pongidae is a family of primates that traditionally was classified to include the great apes, such as orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees. However, in current classifications, these apes are now distributed among two families, Hominidae (which includes humans) and Hylobatidae (gibbons). Therefore, Pongidae, as a scientific term, is not frequently used or considered obsolete by some taxonomists.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pongidae in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pongidae in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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